Independence Community College and Coffeyville Community College Presidents Announce Collaboration
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Posted by: Kristina Moy
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Independence Community College and Coffeyville Community College
Presidents Announce Collaboration
In a partnership between Independence Community College (KS) and
Coffeyville Community College (KS), a revolutionary new approach to entrepreneurship
education will be offered on the Coffeyville Community College Technical Campus
next semester as part of the Successful Entrepreneur Program at Independence
"I'm tremendously pleased that we've created a way to
collaborate academically with CCC," said ICC President Daniel Barwick.
"This program lets us approach entrepreneurship regionally, and will be a
model for a sharing of human resources and facilities among the two community
colleges." Linda Moley, President of CCC, agrees. "This is a real victory
for efficiency and for the county-wide delivery of educational services,"
she said. "My hope is that this is just the beginning."
The "Entrepreneurial Mindset" course, featuring
the new "Ice House Entrepreneurship" curriculum, inspires and engages
participants in the fundamental aspects successful entrepreneurs use to
recognize problems in the marketplace as business opportunities. The curriculum
also demonstrates how entrepreneurs seize those opportunities, many times with
"This approach emphasizes how entrepreneurs recognize
problems and then provide solutions that people want or need," said Jim
Correll, facilitator/business coach of the Successful Entrepreneur Program.
Through video interviews and local entrepreneurial guests, participants are
exposed to the tacit knowledge in the minds of entrepreneurs that makes them
successful. The first class was initiated in August in Independence and
continues through the first week of December.
Brian Hight, co-owner of Magnolia Health and Home in
Independence and participant in this semester’s Entrepreneurial Mindset class
says "Small business will be the engine that will help Montgomery County grow.
It takes a certain entrepreneurial mindset to start and grow a business, so
having this resource to help develop that mindset available at both colleges
will be a big win for our area's economic development."
"Making this curriculum available in both Independence
and Coffeyville will inspire more business start-ups and re-inventions than any
initiative I've seen since coming to the area in 2000," says Correll.
There will be a section of the class offered next semester
in both Independence and Coffeyville. For more information or to pre-enroll,
contact Jim Correll at 620-332-5470 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.