Breakout Sessions 7 


Room: Diamond Cove

Level: Beginner

Track: Entrepreneurship 101 Track

How do you increase your entrepreneurial programming and outreach with a limited staff and budget? The answer is collaborations! Collaborating across campus departments and involving your community leaders will allow your department to work “smarter, not harder,” while meeting students where they are physically and scholastically. Lorain County Community College’s NEO LaunchNET Department provides programming and workshops both on-campus and off, allowing us to strengthen ties to local businesses and non-profits within our community. We will share with you how we modify our basic programming message to each group, so the presentation is unique, yet not “created from scratch” each time. You will also learn our methods for forming a local entrepreneurial ecosystem, as well as examples of our favorite activities for entrepreneurial thinking, research and team building. If that’s not enough, learn how to engage students of all ages with Oreos!

Learning Objectives:

  • Methodology to implement community-based programming
  • Creating a timeline for engaging entrepreneurship programming
  • Creating a local entrepreneurial ecosystem

MATT POYLE, Program Coordinator, Lorain County Community College (OH)

JANICE LAPINA, Director of Continuing Education and Director, NEO LaunchNET, Lorain County Community College (OH)


Room: Emerald Cove

Level: Beginner

Track: Entrepreneurship 101 Track

This presentation will discuss lessons learned and opportunities for students using a Hackathon Competition.  A Hackathon is a three day competition where teams are asked to develop proposals utilizing digital story telling techniques to unearth untold stories of Kern County.  Digital storytelling is a process by which people share their life stories. It represents the modern extension of the ancient art of storytelling, now interwoven with digitized still and moving images as well as sound. All teams will be given a maximum hypothetical budget of $25,000.00 to initiate their project idea.  More information about budget proposals will be discussed at the Hackathon event.  Student teams will be judged on the following criteria:  pitch, plan, delivery, budget, etc.  All team members will receive a Digital Badge and SWAG. The top three projects will have an opportunity to receive funding to implement concepts.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, the Hackathon organizer team is composed of a combination of expertise and faculty from the following fields: computer science, communications, public health, business and history.  Students also play a key role the competition design and day.  This presentation will discuss the lessons learned from the team and opportunities for entrepreneurship, inquiry based learning and alignment to the curriculum.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key components of a Hackathon competition.
  • identify best practices for a Hackathon competition.
  • Discuss strategies for implementation of entrepreneurship concepts within the curriculum.

GAYLE RICHARDSON, Bakersfield College, CA


Room: Crystal Cove

Level: Beginner

Track: Entrepreneurship 101 Track

Beginning and growing an entrepreneurship program on a community college campus is a daunting task.  Even the most committed and influential faculty members can struggle to increase enrollment in their programs.  A major cause of this problem is that most students don’t self-identify as an entrepreneur, and those that do most likely are attending the college to gain technical skills in their area of interest versus learning about the entrepreneurial process.

This reality leads to programs that struggle to meet minimum class sizes and eventual program failure.  The solution lies is taking the focus outside of the business department (where entrepreneurship programs normally find themselves) and reaching out to cross-disciplinary faculty, administrators and students.

In reaching out, entrepreneurship faculty must be able to explain how the mindset and methods of entrepreneurs are valuable to all students, no matter their chosen path.   By doing so, students, supportive faculty members, and administrators can be found when they see they value of the lessons of entrepreneurship to learners within their various programs.  CTE and arts programs are especially drawn in by this message. 

In this session, participants will first come to understand the critical elements of the entrepreneurial mindset and why they translate and connect to all students regardless of their chosen major.  Then those in attendance will participate in an interactive exercise where they brainstorm and begin to formulate ways where they can connect with others more broadly across their colleges in order to grow their respective entrepreneurship programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the entrepreneurial mindset as an empowerment mechanism whereby any student can benefit
  • Become familiar with examples of where a cross-curricular process by entrepreneurship faculty has allowed for growth of their programs.
  • Develop their own ideas for energizing and growing their programs by first focusing on the entrepreneurial mindset.

GARY SCHOENIGER, Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, OH

ROB HERNDON, Vice President, Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, VA

RAJA BHATTACHARYA, Founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Northampton Community College, PA


Room: Copper Cove

Level: Beginner

Track: Entrepreneurship 101 Track

Voicefirst technology is changing the way we learn, interact, entertain and engage.  Amazon, and its voice assist ecosystem, provides a platform that anybody can use as a listener, participant or producer.  While presenter David Gaudet uses voice as an entrepreneur himself, to tell stories and improve his own thought leadership stature, he also uses it as an educational tool and course project.    

In this interactive session, Gaudet, a producer of over 200 Alexa Flash Briefings, demonstrates how to get started, as well as the omni-applicability of voice assist in and out of the classroom.  Importantly, the session also makes a case for why student entrepreneurs must also now be thinking about sonic-personal branding.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of Alexa Flash Briefings as a teaching and learning tool.
  • Complete the process of setting up an Amazon Developer account.
  • Begin creating their own personalized Alexa Flash Briefing.

DAVID GAUDET, Instructor, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, AB


Room:  Coral Cove

Level: Intermediate

Track: Workforce & Continuing Education Track

In this presentation, Professor Greta Kishbaugh will walk Workforce Development Directors through the process of transforming current entrepreneurship content being offered in the Community College’s traditional classes into online, revenue-generating courses for their non-credit programs. This allows the College to use their reputation to sell entrepreneurship courses to all prospects online.

Professor Kishbaugh has been teaching and developing online courses for over 14 years and understands the workforce development target market. Greta has extensive work with Veterans who complete non-credit entrepreneurship courses and will pilot an online program for Veteran’s this summer and will also share these results.

Learning Objectives:

  • Workforce Development Leaders will feel empowered to develop and/or market their current or future entrepreneurship non-credit courses.
  • Workforce Development Leaders will increase their confidence in building their Non-Credit entrepreneurship programs in the online environment.
  • Workforce Development Leaders will gain knowledge in marketing online courses.

GRETA KISHBAUGH, Faculty, Hillsborough Community College, FL


Room: Sapphire Cove

Level: Intermediate

Track: Academic Programs Track

This session outlines the principles of an entrepreneurship boot-camp program.  This is a unique offering that combines effectuation, the principles used by expert entrepreneurs to start businesses, with causation, a set of traditional business planning methods.  The session also discusses how this unique program design was implemented and its results thus far.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to combine effectuation and causation in designing entrepreneurship education programs.
  • Discover what motivates student entrepreneurs to participate and complete the program.
  • Learn how to overcome challenges in the entrepreneurship classroom.

ANASTASIOS (TASOS) SIOUKAS, Professor and Chair, Business Administration, Los Angeles Valley College, CA


Room: Mariner Cove

Level: Advanced

Track: Academic Programs Track

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