CVCC Partners’ with NACCE to Host "Community Outreach” Regional Summit
3rd was an exciting day for CVCC, because we had the opportunity to
host a NACCE regional summit focusing on the importance of developing a
strong college Community Outreach Program. Our summit drew people from
over twenty community colleges located throughout the southeastern
We were very happy with the large turnout because
it illustrated these colleges’ commitment to foster entrepreneurship in
their service markets. We know with budget issues in many states we had
really dedicated people attending our summit.
Our summit was a
fast paced day filled with a variety of speakers, workshops, panel
discussions and tours of two of CVCC’s most innovative programs’
facilities. Karen- Michelle Mirko of NACCE kicked off our day by giving
an enthusiastic talk on "Sustaining an Entrepreneurship Culture on our
She reviewed five keys action steps to success:
1) Create or Expand Internal and External Teams Dedicated to Entrepreneurship;
2) Increase Entrepreneurs’ Engagement in Community Colleges;
3) Engage in Industry Cluster Development;
4) Leverage Both Community College and Community Assets to Spur Innovation and Job Creation; and
5) Create Buzz and Broad Exposure of the College’s Commitment to Entrepreneurship.
Her talk set the stage for the day’s activities to follow.
Garrett Hinshaw, CVCC’s president, followed KM Mirko and spoke on the
"Importance of Presidential Leadership and Creating Iconic
Transformation.” Dr. Hinshaw emphasized the challenges of implementing
change and building on the new foundation created by the change.
stated that with change there is the risk of failure, but we must be
willing to fail, if we are to create meaningful change. We should look
at failure as a means to becoming successful, if we persevere.
Hinshaw gave an illustration of a dream, which was challenged by many
doubters and skepticism, and if he had listened to the skeptics CVCC’s
Simulated Hospital would never have become a reality and a source of
great pride for our college and community. It was a great way of
illustrating that strong leadership requires, not only, vision, but
internal fortitude, because there will be times when a leader will be
standing by himself in pursuit of a dream.
inspirational message was a great lead in for our next speaker, Alan
Jackson. Mr. Jackson is President of the Jackson Group, a very
successful entrepreneurial venture. The business was started by Mr.
Jackson’s father and Alan has continued the family tradition by starting
several new businesses. Mr. Jackson is not only a successful
businessman, but he is a local leader, committed to creating
partnerships to foster entrepreneurship in our community.
Jackson discussed the importance of developing a network of partnerships
which work closely together to promote the community and establish the
support system necessary to start and build businesses. He gave several
examples similar to Dr. Hinshaw about the importance of persistence and
dedication to achieving your goals. These traits are essential for
leaders and entrepreneurs to be successful.
They are also
essential for colleges attempting to build a strong "Community Outreach
Program,” because there will be people in the college as well as the
community, who will downplay the importance of partnerships or they will
become disenchanted when things don’t move forward as quickly as
As our day progressed each speaker built on theme of the
earlier speakers, and the summit audience were very much engaged in
Dr. John Enamait, Dean of CVCC’s Business
School, was our next speaker and described the support system CVCC put
in place to foster entrepreneurship within the college and our
community. The college established the "Job Creation Center” to
coordinate the activities of our Curriculum programs, Small Business
Center, Manufacturing Solutions Center and Workforce Development, so the
college could provide the best service possible for budding
He also described the activities CVCC has put in
place to make entrepreneurship fun and interesting, such as our National
Entrepreneurship Week Celebration, which included the Extreme
Entrepreneurship Tour Kickoff and our annual "Shark Tank” competition.
He emphasized that we need a comprehensive program to support
entrepreneurs in various stages of development as well as develop a
program which makes entrepreneurship fun so we can attract more people
to our programs.
Sheena Lindahl, co-founder of the Extreme
Entrepreneurship Tour (EET), and named one the country’s top 25
entrepreneurs under the age of 25 by Business Week, finished off a great
morning with an interactive workshop on engaging students on our
Sheena led a high energy event, which was made even more
impressive by the fact that she travelled all night, overcame bad
weather and a flat tire to be at our summit. She even did a nice dance
as she came on stage, similar to the "CVCC Extreme Entrepreneurship
Harlem Shake” youtube video Sheena showed from our February National
Entrepreneurship Week Celebration Wrap up with the EET team.
afternoon session started with a very interesting and informative guided
tour of our Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) led by its Director,
Dan St Louis. The MSC has the goal of bringing manufacturing into the
NEW ERA of changing technologies and production innovation. The Center
works with companies from all over the world including Nike and Hanes
We are very proud of our MSC facilities, but we are even
more proud of Dan, Tony Whitener and their staff and the effort they put
forth for our clients.
Tim Putnam, NACCE Fellow and Associate
Director of John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at Northern Iowa Area
Community College, led a lively presentation on the importance of
Community Mapping in identifying areas of emphasis in developing our
Community Outreach Programs.
We believe developing strong
internal and external partnerships is essential to growing an
entrepreneurship program at a community college. Tim’s discussion was a
perfect lead into our Community Leaders Panel Discussion.The Panel
Discussion focused on the challenges of building partnerships and the
best ways to establish strong long lasting relationships.
panel was made up of a diverse group, which provided a wide range of
perspectives.The panel included Danny Hearn our Chamber of Commerce
President, Bill Parrish the Regional Director of our SBTDC, Jonathan
Williams student entrepreneur and a graduate of Wake Forest, EJ Martin
our first MSC incubator entrepreneur, Sheena Lindahl of EET and Tim
Putnam of NIACC.
The discussion was an outstanding way to pull the day’s activities together with many of our strategic partners.
very exciting day concluded with a tour of our Simulated Hospital and a
reception for summit participants to interact with our speakers. It was
a great day and another step toward achieving our long-term goal of
instilling an entrepreneurial spirit across our entire college and
community and assisting colleges in their quest to achieve similar