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Financial Management for Entrepreneurs Curriculum Initiative

NACCE has partnered with Intuit to empower future entrepreneurs with the right financial management tools and skills required for long-term business success. 

Phase I

In order to empower future entrepreneurs with the right financial management tools and skills, Intuit launched the Financial Management for Entrepreneurs Curriculum Initiative in 2018-2019 targeting an initial six community colleges across the nation. Intuit partnered with NACCE as the service provider in launching a community college course pilot offering with six colleges. The pilot aimed to incorporate Intuit financial management course content in 15-20% of current business and entrepreneurship course offerings.

Dr. Andy Gold, professor at Hillsborough Community College, led the curriculum development and the following six supporting colleges tested these materials in their respective courses:

  • College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL)
  • Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport, CT)
  • Kaua’i Community College (Lihue, HI)
  • Pasadena City College (Pasadena, CA)
  • Pellissippi State Community College (Knoxville, TN)
  • Penn Highlands Community College (Johnstown, PA)

The online course modules included the following:

  • Financials 101
  • Legal Business Entities
  • Key Terms
  • Business Budgeting
  • Accounting Basics

The curriculum was redesigned, refreshed and expanded based on feedback from the pilot participants. It was re-launched in fall 2020. NACCE and Intuit continued to partner to welcome a new cohort of community colleges into Phase II.

Phase II

For Phase II of this pilot, eleven additional pilot schools were chosen through a Request for Applications (RFA) process to test the online modular curriculum in their courses. Our objectives with participating community colleges were to commit to incorporate at least four out of the twelve online modules of the Financial Management for Entrepreneurs Curriculum in existing for-credit courses, increase knowledge, understanding and usage of Intuit products for community college educators and students, and create a cohort of community college educators that provide feedback and survey results to help refine and ready the curriculum for a 2021 full membership launch.

Data points measured included total enrollment numbers, pre and posttests, satisfaction surveys, and future course offerings. The following schools participated in Phase II:

  1. Algonquin College (Ottawa, Canada)
    • Lead Instructor: Naina Kansal, Associate Manager, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Centre
  2. Borough of Manhattan Community College (New York City, New York)
    • Lead Instructor: Dr. R. Shane Snipes, Assistant Professor, Business Management
  3. Central Community College (Grand Island, Nebraska)
    • Lead Instructor: Michelle R. Konen, Faculty, Business Administration and Entrepreneurship
  4. City College of San Francisco (San Francisco, California)
    • Lead Instructor: Vivian Faustino, Faculty and Program Lead, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  5. Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo, California)
    • Lead Instructor: Neil Higgins, Business Faculty
  6. Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, California)
    • Lead Instructor: Linda Tran, Adjunct Professor of Business
  7. Fullerton College (Fullerton, California)
    • Lead Instructor: Gary Graves, Professor of Business, Entrepreneurship & Creativity
  8. Hawaii Community College (Hilo, Hawaii)
    • Lead Instructor: Andrey Chan, Entrepreneurship Instructor and Internship Coordinator
  9. Hocking College (Nelsonville, Ohio)
    • Lead Instructor: Gina Fetty, Adjunct Faculty, Accounting
  10. Midlands Technical College (West Columbia, South Carolina)
    • Lead Instructor: Tom Ledbetter, Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship and Educational Support
  11. Roane State Community College (Harriman, Tennessee)
    • Lead Instructor: Holly Hanson, Director, Cumberland Business Incubator and Director, RSCC Cumberland Campus

Phase III

In fall 2021, we plan to launch an educator portal for all NACCE members to be able to use this curriculum and additional resources. Stay tuned for further details.