Breakout Sessions 1


Room: Sunset

Level: Advanced

Track: Institutional Advancement & Fundraising Track

In an ever-changing world, community colleges are constant and dependable, responding to the needs of the nation’s citizenry, and the changing economy. Despite the changing politics of the country, community colleges will always remain that fixed point by which people can set their compasses to navigate change successfully.  As consistent as the community college world is in meeting the needs of students, communities, and businesses there are some clear emerging trends at this important time in our history that are shifting, especially from a fundraising point of view.  In this interactive session, we will explore the top trends facing community college fundraisers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the top trends facing community college fundraisers.
  • Discuss fundraising trends taking place at attendees’ colleges.
  • Determine skill sets needed to position development leaders to face these emerging trends.

JOHN J. RAINONE, President, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, VA

JOSEPH APRIL, Partner & Community College Division Director, Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, MA


Room: Cardiff

Level: Beginner

Track: Entrepreneurship 101 Track

In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to immerse themselves with the design thinking approach as a way to foster an entrepreneurial mindset inside and outside the classroom and for students, faculty and staff.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the five main elements of the design thinking approach (empathy, problem identification, ideation, testing and prototyping)
  • Experiential learning through group exercises to apply design thinking approach both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Case studies of how entrepreneurial mindset can be integrated into addressing local community challenges

ROMI BHATIA, Executive Director, The Idea Center, Miami Dade College (FL) 

GUSTAVO GRANDE, Entrepreneurship Program Manager, The Idea Center, Miami Dade College (FL) 


Room: Diamond Cove

Level: Intermediate

Track: Entrepreneurship 101 Track

Story telling is one of the oldest teaching and learning methods in Western Civilization. It allows students' an opportunity to immerse themselves mentally into a situation. Thus, engaging them while implanting a visual understanding of what may be complex theories or ambiguous topics. Today "Cases" and "Case Studies" play a similar role in healthcare, law and business education.

However, simpler forms and other techniques for including rich contextual stories can be used as a planned learning activity or a spontaneous event; that will break up a learning routine so the student stays connected and not drifting mentally. Students create their own stories as part of many of the learning activities, which further engages them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basic theory supporting story telling as a learning methodology.
  • Apply techniques for story telling in various learning environments.
  • Evaluate the usefulness of various story telling techniques in various learning environments.

ANTHONY E. BAKER, PhD, Assistant Professor, Anne Arundel Community College, MD


Room: Emerald Cove

Level: Beginner

Track: Entrepreneurship 101 Track

Resilience is one of the most important factors that leads to success and well being.  Resilient people find solutions to problems, have excellent coping skills and turn difficult experiences into triumphs. What makes some people more resilient than others? Best practices and proven techniques will be shared that can help anyone become more resilient even in the most stressful times. Learn about the GrOW curriculum and how its focus on gratitude, positivity and resilience techniques can change lives. Discover how this curriculum can be implemented at your school and be used in versatile ways for student success, non-credit opportunities, community education, business and industry training and employee development.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Resilience and how it helps solve problems.
  • Share best practices and proven techniques.
  • Learn about the GrOW curriculum and how it could be implemented into student success, non-credit opportunities, community education, business and industry training and employee development.

JILENE HUIZENGA, Faculty Director/Center For Entrepreneurship, Madison College, WI

JODI GOLDBECK, Instructor, Madison College, WI

KRISTIN GEBHARDT, Director, Program Development- Strategic Partnerships & Innovation, Madison College, WI


Room: Crystal Cove

Level: Intermediate

Track: Entrepreneurship 101 Track

Midlands Technical College has redesigned/implemented a new approach to entrepreneurship education, integrating both for-credit courseware (ENT certificate) and not-for-credit courseware (CEU's) in seamless offerings to satisfy a broader range of student outcomes and career objectives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determining critical components of ENT certificate, allowing for maximum utility across a wide range of career tracks.
  • Developing Kauffman FastTrac materials as base of Business Opportunity Analysis course, used a capstone course for the ENT Certificate.
  • Methodology for combining credit/non-credit students in classes for enhanced scheduling flexibility and student application.

TOM LEDBETTER, Associate Vice Provost/Entrepreneurship & Educational Support, Midlands Technical College, SC

LEE HUNT, Program Director/Marketing & Management, Midlands Technical College, SC


Room: Copper Cove

Level: Beginner

Track: Workforce & Continuing Education Track

San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) provides all contract and noncredit education for the San Diego Community College District. SDCE offers tuition-free programming in all nine categories of adult noncredit education, including English as a Second Language, Adult Basic/Secondary Education (including high school diploma/equivalency), courses for adults with disabilities, courses for older adults (Emeritus), and over 75 career training certificates. SDCE serves the most disadvantaged residents of our community. SDCE offers the only small business development and entrepreneurship program in the region and houses an incubator lab for individuals interested in opening or expanding their enterprise as well as project management certificates for industry and nonprofit organizations.

In addition, SDCE’s Education Training Institute (ETI) provides contract education services to community organizations that champion social justice and entrepreneurship for adults and youth disconnected from work and education. Contract education partners have included and include key communities organizations that serve some of the most disenfranchised residents, including: Goodwill Industries (underemployed and disabled), the San Diego Housing Commission (low income housing residents), Miramar Navy Brig and Camp Pendleton Brig (military inmates), and San Diego Gateway to College (opportunity youth).  This presentation will share best practices in contract and noncredit education for serving those who could benefit most from this programming.

Learning Objectives:

  • Re-conceptualize contract and noncredit education programming through a lens of equity and inclusion to serve their communities’ most disadvantaged residents (e.g., opportunity youth, adults with disabilities, older adults, homeless residents, foster youth, formerly incarcerated students, etc.)
  • Develop programming the supports the whole student through innovative, entrepreneurial practices, which include: intrusive wrap-around services, intensive case management, meaningful experiential learning opportunities, and robust community partnerships.
  • Establish a model to expand both revenue-generating contract education services and apportionment-generating adult noncredit programming.

CARLOS TURNER CORTEZ, President, San Diego Continuing Education, CA

KAY FAULCONER BOGER, Director of Industry Partnerships, San Diego Continuing Education, SDCCD, CA


Room: Coral Cove

Level: Intermediate

Track: Workforce & Continuing Education Track

The age of technology has impacted the way companies grow. The very nature of the work performed in companies today has changed, transitioning from hands on manufacturing to technology driven practices.  Especially when it comes time to scale, entrepreneurs must leverage technology to remain competitive. This presents a double opportunity: the SBDC can guide the entrepreneur in achieving growth through advising and funding, while the College provides the workforce and training. This requires very close collaboration between the SBDC, the college’s workforce development or continuing education unit, and the relevant academic areas in order to provide the company with a holistic and well executed solution.

In this session, the presenters will offer real examples of collaboration between Pima Community College Workforce Development and the SBDC. Participants will learn a framework that ensures the business remains at the center of the collaboration and the needs of the entrepreneur are served seamlessly by each of the parties involved regardless of whether they are affiliated to the SBDC or the College. The presenters will guide participants in creating an inventory of their own College and SBDC resources to identify their readiness to engage in this kind of collaborative support

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to be the ‘agent of change’ to meet the needs of your business community through SBDC services and relevant college offerings.
  • Understand the collaboration framework PCC uses and adapt to your own institution.
  • Identify the assets you already have in your institution and gaps you need to address in order to approach business support holistically.

ANA GREIF, Program Manager, Pima Community College, AZ

ELLEN KIRTON, Center Director, Arizona Small Business Development Center, AZ


Room: Sapphire Cove

Level:  Intermediate

Track: Academic Programs Track

The Iowa Center of Practice will be used as a platform to create a culture of "Entrepreneurial Thinking" within the community college environment and used as an informational source for the sharing of ideas, curriculum development, faculty collaboration, and community outreach!

Learning Objectives:

  • To layout a plan regarding how to get the college Presidents, faculty, students and overall college support for the Center of Practice concept on a National level.
  • To highlight how the "Entrepreneurial Mindset" will shift our perspective that exposes opportunities, ignite ambition, and foster critical thinking.
  • Share with the audience how we are tying in various "Statewide Entrepreneurial Initiatives" into ICOP's strategic plan.

VADA GRANTHAM, Chair, Entrepreneurship Program, Des Moines Area Community College, IA

AMY PINGEL, Community Education Assistant Director, Iowa Central Community College, IA

A.J. GEVOCK, Director, Regional Entrepreneurship Center, Indian Hills Community College, IA

HEATHER RISSLER, Biology Instructor, North Iowa Area Community College, IA

DAN MULLIGAN, Instructor of Business/Entrepreneurship, North Iowa Area Community College, IA

TIM PUTNAM,  Director - John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, North Iowa Area Community College, IA


Room:  Mariner Cove

Level: Intermediate

Track: Workforce & Continuing Education Track

HCC Centers for entrepreneurship has experienced a lot of success in digital marketing and our stories are shared across the digital communities via likes, hearts, and comments! This session will focus on demonstrating the digital tools and services used by entrepreneurial directors to generate record number of attendees and provide an opportunity to learn how new technology and services are used to promote entrepreneurship programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn new tools and techniques for promotion.
  • Learn new strategies of marketing.
  • Learn to engage and build a community.

RAVI BRAHMBHATT, Director of Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Houston Community College, TX

SANDRA LOUVIER, Director of Center for Entrepreneurship, Houston Community College, TX

CONNIE PORTER, Dean - Business Center of Excellence, Houston Community College, TX