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Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation - Online Course

Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation - Online Course

Join us for Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation - Online Course!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Thursday, October 1, 2020

Event Details

While community colleges have traditionally focused on providing students with opportunities to gain credentials for employment, the increasingly important question is: Are they preparing students for looming dynamic disruptive, and entrepreneurial environments ahead?

The expert course contributors, with the support of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), start from the premise that community colleges are uniquely positioned to lead entrepreneurial initiatives through both internally-generated curriculum design and through collaboration with the local entrepreneurial community to build bridges between the classroom and the community, which in turn can offer models of implementation and constitute a network or support system for students. Community colleges can become incubators of innovation, a magnet for talent, and provide the impetus for development strategies that their communities have not begun to realize.

Course topics include:

  1. Leading with an Entrepreneurial Mindset
  2. An Entrepreneurial Approach to Education
  3. Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
  4. Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development
  5. How Collaboration Supports the Growth of an Urban Ecosystem
  6. The Ecosystem that Thrives
  7. Creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Rural Appalachia
  8. Community Colleges as Entrepreneurial Catalysts
  9. The Power of Collective Action
  10. Sustainability Lessons

Based on decades of research and outreach, this course is the perfect professional development opportunity blended with actionable assignments for real-world impact.  Students may complete the course in an accelerated or extended format, providing the flexibility most professionals require.

The online offering will be available on-demand to community colleges across the nation in July 2019.

An additional fee of $27.99 will be added to each registration for an e-version of Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation.


Samantha Steidle, Educator, Facilitator & Researcher

Bio: Samantha has over 18 years experience in entrepreneurship and innovation. She is an educator, facilitator, researcher and speaker for futuristic topics in business and academia. She regularly hosts workshops and consults on the topics of revenue innovation, the art of delegation, new business models, entrepreneurial philanthropy, design thinking, inbound outreach, gig-economy, the future of work, recruiting innovators, and the entrepreneurial mindset. While serving as Innovation Officer at Virginia Western Community College, she contributed to the creation of six entrepreneurial initiatives including three coworking spaces (including CoLab Coworking), an incubator, an accelerator (RAMP), a FabLab and an innovation corridor. She earned her Bachelor's in Accounting from Radford University, Masters in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, and will complete her Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University in 2020.

Location:  Online

Audience:  Administrators and faculty members 

Cost: $399/members; $599/nonmembers

For More Information:

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Logo 3434 Kildaire Farm Road Suite 215
Cary, North Carolina 27518
United States

This course is open to both members and non-members.

COURSE DETAIL: 9 modules that are self-paced and asynchronous. This course is offered fully online. Participants are given 6 months to complete the course materials from the time of enrollment. A monthly mastermind group Zoom call will be held, based on a posted schedule.  These are not required but provide an opportunity for each cohort to co-create solutions to challenges and new opportunities for collaboration beyond the course.