Community College Educators Gather to Explore Effective Strategies for Teaching Entrepreneurship
SPRINGFIELD, MA – July 30, 2007 - With the successful conclusion of its first-ever Summer Symposium for Community College Entrepreneurship Educators, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) has added another valuable learning opportunity to its annual calendar. Using a theme of “Teaching Entrepreneurship: Effective Strategies for Entrepreneurship Faculty and Educators,” the symposium drew a sold-out audience of 42 educators from 34 institutions in the United States, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the British Virgin Islands.
Funding for the event, which was held July 11-13 at the Babson Executive Conference Center at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, came from the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation and Prentice Hall.
“Our intention is to keep the Summer Symposium small enough to allow for lots of interaction between the attendees and the presenters,” said NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle. “We wanted people to go home with lots of very practical advice and learning that they can immediately put to work in building entrepreneurship education at their institutions. It’s clear from the feedback we’re getting that we met that objective and more!”
“I was one of the sponges that soaked up everything,” said attendee Marva Wheatley-Dawson, of H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, British Virgin Islands. “It was interesting to learn how to develop the proposal for a program from its mission statement, how to organize and select courses, and implement a program that meets the needs of the geographic area. What I admired most was the level of creativity that could be brought to an Entrepreneurship program.”
“There was great interaction, credible expertise, and valid, real world ‘stuff’ to jump start a new program,” said attendee Linda Head of Montgomery College in Texas.
Babson’s vice provost for Entrepreneurship and Global Management, Steven Spinelli, Jr., who served as Babson’s host for the event, opened the symposium with a presentation on “The Power of Entrepreneurship Education.” Other first-day presentations included a session entitled “Evolution of an Entrepreneurship Program: Touching All the Bases and Achieving Success,” offered Donna Duffey, professor and career program facilitator for Entrepreneurship at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. A dinner presentation by Peter J. Burns III, president of the Institute for Entrepreneurship, rounded out the first day’s presentations. The second day started with a presentation on “Teaching Entrepreneurship: Effective Approaches and Effective Materials, and Effective Learning” by Carlene Cassidy, assistant professor and director of the Entrepreneurial Studies Institute at Anne Arundel Community College, in Arnold, MD, and Tina M. Sterling, a strategist with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, MO.
Also on day two, attendees hear a presentation by Tim Mittan, director of the Entrepreneurship Center at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE, on “Building a Comprehensive Statewide Model for Delivering Entrepreneurship Education and Developing Entrepreneurship Centers.” The final presentation of day two was “Innovations in Entrepreneurship Education,” offered by Jamie Curtismith, director of the School of Business Design at Everett Community College in Everett, WA.
Day three of the symposium included a session on “Operating an Entrepreneurship Education Program from an Administrative Perspective” given by Tim Putnam, associate director of the North Iowa Area Community College’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneur Center in Mason City, IA. NACCE founder and board chairman, Thomas A. Goodrow, concluded the event by leading a group discussion on “Attendee Recommendations for Advancing and Unifying Entrepreneurship Education at the Community College Level.”
All presenters were chosen based on their individual and institutional accomplishments in providing entrepreneurship education within their community college. “Based on our success this year, we’re already working on next year’s symposium, which will take place June 22-25, 2008,” said Van Sickle.
NACCE members can download PowerPoint from the 2007 NACCE Summer Symposium in the EshipExchange members-only section of NACCE’s Web site, http://www.nacce.com.
About the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) connects community college administrators and faculty with knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial thinking, entrepreneurship education, and student business incubation. NACCE holds an annual conference, hosts a dynamic list-serv, develops web resources such as shared entrepreneurship curricula and syllabi for faculty, creates guides in beginning and sustaining entrepreneurship and student business incubation programs, as well as, tips for grant proposals specific to entrepreneurial endeavors at community colleges. For more information, visit http://www.nacce.com.