BALTIMORE – Teaching entrepreneurship has become one way for colleges to help local economies. Creating degree programs focused on the acquisition of business-savvy skills without a unifying theme, however, is often a difficult sell with both professors and students. Without creating new degrees, one community college has achieved success in the classroom and spawned many a student-run business in its area by encouraging faculty to embed entrepreneurship into their traditional curriculum.
At this week's meetingof the League for Innovation in the Community College, officials from Cayuga Community College, in New York, shared with interested attendees the successes of its relatively new entrepreneurship initiative. The project got its start in 2007, when Cayuga endowedwhat is believed to be the first chair of entrepreneurship at the community college level. It also received grant funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which champions entrepreneurial education, to jump-start the project. The next year, changes were made to the existing curriculum.