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Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation

Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation

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

Friday, October 15, 2021 to Friday, April 15, 2022


* Registration open until 3/15/22 at 12:00 AM ()

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.


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, Master's 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.

For More Information:

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

This course consists of ten self-paced, asynchronous, fully online modules. NACCE will offer two sections of this course annually. Participants registering for this section will be required to complete coursework no later than April 15,2022 regardless of date of enrollment. Registration will close March 15, 2022. A monthly mastermind group Zoom call will be held as needed. Individual e-coaching is available as requested.  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.

Your registration includes a copy of the book. If you wish to receive 5 or more copies, email to access our bulk order discount.

Attendees who successfully complete the requirements of the course are eligible to receive NACCE's Institutional Innovator digital badge. 

Institutional Innovator

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

Questions? Email