7th Annual NACCE Conference Student Essay Contest Winner
Thursday, May 27, 2010
How Entrepreneurship Education at My Community College Has Helped Me Reach My Goals
Name: Chevan Jessamine, Age: 26
Central Texas College, Killeen, TX
Note: we are accepting essay submissions for the 2011 Conference here: http://www.nacce.com/?awards
I am thankful for the entrepreneurship education at my community college. It is as a result of this education that I am able to have the opportunities that I have today. With my humble upbringing I learned at an early age the advantage of having your own business. I saw my mother and father struggle to maintain a good life for my sister and me.
I graduated from a prominent secondary school on the island of Saint Vincent’s in the Caribbean. I had good grades, but my country had no community college that offered a business degree, so I settled for a certificate in automotive training. I had to sacrifice going to school to help my parents in their store. While working for my parents I gained priceless experience in the business world such as time management, working with customers, maintaining inventory and balancing business accounts.
My journey to Central Texas College came after two challenging semesters at Texas State Technical College. There was little money for my college education. My wife had to postpone her college education so I could pursue mine. Our only means of travel was a rattle-trap car. Life was a choice between buying gas and buying groceries. One terrible morning while on my way to school the tire to the car blew out and the spare had a flat, but with the help of God I made it to school safely.
I completed two semesters at Texas State Technical College with a 3.5 GPA before transferring to Central Texas College. At Central Texas College I finally discovered the knowledge I needed to run a successful business. I established a windows-covering business that is doing well.
My education that focused on entrepreneurship, made available to me and other business students, has taught me to compete in a tough economy. I have learned the importance of marketing my business in a down economy by using segmentation, taking away my customers doubt, fears and uncertainty by striking a familiar ground with that person.
Because of this business education I have built my business on a sturdy business plan being able to keep proper accounting records and learning how the economy affects my business decisions. I learned the importance of relationship building with customers to gain repeat business.
Great teachers also helped mold who I am, because they pushed me and saw my potential to do great things.
In conclusion, I think that a community college such as Central Texas College truly makes a difference, helping individuals overcome the negatives—lack of money, rattle-trap cars, and having to choose between gas and groceries. We can all become entrepreneurs and share in the American dream. We just need the know-how and the knowledge that community colleges impart.