In last few year years, we have worked hard to
excite our local middle and high school students about the possibilities of
becoming an entrepreneur. We believe there are a lot of budding young
entrepreneurs in our community and we want them to understand that Catawba
Valley Community College (CVCC) is committed to helping them pursue their
dreams. We also want them to know we have the resources to support their
We have offered a variety of programs to get
students on our campus to see the things available at CVCC. Our
Entrepreneurship curriculum programs and Small Business Center work together in
making presentations to our guests.
We have campus wide tours for middle school students
which focus on the under the radar programs such as Entrepreneurship. These
tours have been very successful in raising the awareness of these students and
their teachers. This is a long term strategy for attracting new students, but
it is a part of our overall strategy.
We have participated in the CVCC Successful Pathways
tours for local high school guidance counselors and administrators. These tours
have been successful in educating these key high school resources about CVCC’s
focus on entrepreneurship.
Whereas the Successful Pathways tours target high
school counselors, we are also working the Western Piedmont Council of
Governments’ Youth Entrepreneurship Summit which is a program addressing the
interests of high school seniors. There are 150 students broken into five
groups of thirty students and the goal of each group is to develop a mini
business plan in a morning session and then present a 5 minute elevator pitch
to a panel of judges in the afternoon.
We are pleased that five of our entrepreneurship
students were selected to serve as the facilitators to
assist the student groups in preparing the mini business plans and elevator
pitches. We believe the positive experience will help build CVCC awareness with
the local high school students.
This spring we are expanding our CVCC Shark Tank
competition to include our local high school students. Our Shark Tank event is
a takeoff on the ABC reality show where students pitch their business ideas to
a panel of business leaders and the top finishers receive scholarships to CVCC.
Our event has been very successful and we hope a high school Shark Tank will
catch the interest of some of our local young entrepreneurs and motivate them
to become a part of this year’s competition.
We hope our active involvement with our local
schools will build awareness of our program. We are also trying to make
entrepreneurship fun and interesting.