2nd Annual NACCE Symposium a Success!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
NACCE second annual Summer Symposium, held in late June at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) in Springfield, MA, was a major success, bringing together 52 educators to discuss the theme of "Teaching Entrepreneurship: Sharing Best Practices.”
"The symposium was sold out this year. We purposefully keep the group small to allow for lots of interaction among attendees and presenters,” said NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle. "It is very rewarding to see the learning and sharing that occurs at this event.”
" I enjoyed the networking and sharing of new ideas and best practices in entrepreneurship education,” said Donna Wood, who is Dean and Associate Vice President at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, AR.
Susanne Gottlieb, who traveled from Denmark for the event, said, "Thank you very much for letting us into your network of entrepreneurship educators. It was a very nice experience to be with you and share views on entrepreneurship from a global perspective.” Gottlieb is head of department at The Multidisciplinary University College in Copenhagen.
Sessions presented at the symposium included "Innovative Ways of Teaching Entrepreneurship in Credit and Credit-Free Environments,” "Teaching Entrepreneurship: Concept to Commercialization,” "Learning in Action! (LIA): A Problem Based Learning Experience for Developing the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Community Colleges,” "Teaching Entrepreneurship Education Through Blended Learning,” and "Now What? Marketing Your Offerings Internally and Externally.” Attendees also were given a guided tour of the Andrew M. Scibelli Enterprise Center, home of STCC’s Student Business Incubator, Workforce Training, and Springfield Business Incubator.
"We’re already looking forward to next summer’s symposium,” said Van Sickle. "With two very successful symposiums under our belt, we are convinced this event should be part of our annual offering to members.”