NACCE 2019 Academic Programs Track


Monday, October 14
Breakout Session 1 from 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


Room: Sapphire Cove

Level:  Intermediate

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

Breakout Session 2 from 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Room: Sapphire Cove

Level: Beginner

Intellectual property (IP) “patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets” is the foundation of every corporation in today’s economy. In fact, Harvard Business Review estimates that 80 percent of the worth of U.S. companies lies in their IP portfolios. As a result, any person today who does not understand at least the basics of intellectual property - and its value and role in science, business, arts, and the professions -  will find him or herself at a distinct disadvantage in the world of tomorrow.

Early successes for MIIP include the creation of a permanent course through the University of Southern California’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and a multi-year partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. Today, multiple academic institutions have launched new standalone undergraduate courses on intellectual property or incorporated MIIP resources into existing courses using curricula based on The Intangible Advantage: Understanding Intellectual Property in the New Economy, and additional instructional materials covering IP, all freely available through The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a high level understanding of intellectual property (IP) and its role in driving innovation economies worldwide.
  • Learn how to incorporate IP content into Business and Entrepreneurship courses/ programs to support our most innovative students.
  • Leave the session with readily available resources for your LMS, including IP course objectives, learning outcomes, modular content, and more..

MAYRA LOMBERA, Director, Michelson 20MM Foundation, CA

NATHAN KHALIL, Faculty, Santa Monica College, CA

SAL VEAS, Chair, Business Department, Santa Monica College, CA

DANA NASSER, Faculty and Curriculum Chair, Santa Monica College, CA

Breakout Session 3 from 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Room: Sapphire Cove

Level: Beginner

Online course options are increasingly in demand, but can you teach entrepreneurship and innovation online that really makes a difference? The answer is YES. Effective online course delivery can increase the accessibility, demand and engagement of students and give faculty more flexibility. This session will provide the nuts and bolts needed to develop a fully online or hybrid course that gets rave reviews and measurable student outcomes.  Both first timers and experienced faculty will take away useful tools and learn the tricks of the trade from an experienced curriculum developer and online entrepreneurship instructor. During the session, participants will assemble a personalized toolbox and practice completing an online course roadmap that can be applied to designing their new course right away.

The 4 key strategies we will cover in the session include:

  1. Adapting to different online teaching environments- asynchronous versus the hybrid/blended course.
  2. Organizing your course and communicating for maximum engagement and participation.
  3. Where to find and access free learning tools and content for online formats.
  4. Innovative assignment design and grading elements that make your faculty workload manageable

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore 4 key strategies that enhance online entrepreneurship education.
  • Participants will assemble a personalized toolbox of online teaching tools for entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and innovation courses.
  • Participants will practice the use of an online course roadmap that can be applied to syllabus creation, course layout, and assessment of student learning activities.

CHRISTINE PIGSLEY, Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University Mankato, MN

NANCY LAICHAS, Chief of Entrepreneurship Initiatives, Direct Selling Education Foundation, DC

Breakout Session 4 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Room: Sapphire Cove

Level: Beginner

Most of us have our business departments actively engaged in entrepreneurship.  But, who else is creating and implementing meaningful collaborative entrepreneurship strategies on your campus/within your system?  Come hear from faculty representing multiple campuses and Business, Biology, Reading, English and Psychology disciplines, as well as alumni, within a large system that is committed to inviting everyone to the table.  If we are not inclusive, we leave out talent and diverse ideas that could elevate our entrepreneurship programs aimed at helping students live their entrepreneurial potential.

Hear how faculty are infusing entrepreneurial mindset and behavior (21st century workforce skills) into their courses in addition to collaborating on cocurricular, and other types of, entrepreneurship activities for students, employees and their broader communities.  Receive their Top 10 List for engaging others in your entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Learn the biological mechanisms involved in changing your, or anyone else’s, mind.

During this interactive session, you will participate in a targeting exercise to help you immediately recruit new entrepreneurial team members when you get back to your campus/system.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about specific interdisciplinary activities for the infusion of entrepreneurship across disciplines for any class.
  • Participants will receive a Top 10 List of ideas for expanding your campus/system entrepreneurial ecosystem with employees in any role on campus/within your system.
  • Participants will engage in creating a target list of specific individuals to recruit when they return to campus/their system.

BRUCE MCHENRY, Residential Faculty, South Mountain Community College, AZ

CARON SADA, Resdential Faculty - Psychology, Paradise Valley Community College, AZ

JON HAYASKI,  Residential Faculty – Biology, Paradise Valley Community College, AZ

SHEILA BEELER, Resdential Faculty – Reading. Paradise Valley Community College, AZ

DAVID PEGRAM, Residential Faculty – English, Paradise Valley Community College, AZ

HANNAH WILLES, Club Z Alumni, Paradise Valley Community College, AZ

CHRISTOPHER FIGUEROA, Club Z Alumni, Paradise Valley Community College, AZ


Room: Mariner Cove

Level: Advanced

This presentation examines management theories and practices related to working effectively in groups. It will also explore practical approaches to group work by comparing and analyzing strategies and frameworks used by leaders to initiate change in organizations. This includes practical strategies to achieve change by identifying obstacles to change among other things. The presentation includes interactive exercises for participants to experience their own growth in group development. 

Palm Beach State College has joined the nationwide movement of Redesigning America’s Community Colleges and boosting completion rates. For the implementation of Guided Pathways, the colleges focused on four critical areas:  1) Curriculum Mapping, 2) Redesigning Student Intake Systems, 3) Use of technology, data, and assessment to improve student learning, and 4) Internal and external communications.  The curriculum mapping area involves 42 teams working with team members drawn from divergent disciplines. The integrated model of Group Development Theory (Wheelan, 2013) employs stages of creating effective teams. Group development theory addresses techniques to calm team member anxiety and resistance to move more quickly to cohesive and focused productivity. The most recognizable model of group development is the integrated model that evolves 50 different models and research studies. (Tuckman, 1965) The stages identified in this study are still popular today and describe the progress of development: from the formation of the group (forming); the inevitable conflict after a few meetings (storming); the working out of differences and the agreement on how to resolve future differences (norming); and the eventual settling down to work (performing).

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine management theories and practices.
  • Explore practical approaches to group work.
  • Compare and analyze strategies and frameworks used by leaders to initiate change in organizations.

JULIETT TRACEY, MBA, Professor of Business & Entrepreneurship/Guided Pathways Curriculum Mapping Coordinator, Palm Beach State College, FL

ROGER BLAIR, DBA., Co-Department Chair/Internship Coordinator, Palm Beach State College, FL

Tuesday, October 15
Breakout Session 5 from 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


Room: Sapphire Cove

Level: Beginner

Today’s students need proactive support, so how do we communicate with them in the right ways--with messages that engage and motivate them? Behavioral science (or “nudging”) offers a number of strategies for helping community college students navigate the path to completion. In this session, participants will learn how Lakeland Community College is supporting thousands of students with carefully designed nudges on their mobile phones that help them tackle the challenges of college and build mindsets and behaviors for success. This approach is moving the needle on persistence: a randomized control trial including Lakeland and two other community colleges found the nudges resulted in a 7 percentage point increase in spring-to-fall retention, with a 10 percentage point increase for students in STEM pathways.

Participants will come away with a working knowledge of nudging and how it is being implemented at Lakeland and at community colleges nationwide, as well as concrete ideas for how they can incorporate these concepts into their daily work. This interactive session will showcase examples of nudge interactions designed to help students follow through on academic goals and intentions, develop a sense of belonging in college, and engage in behaviors like tutoring and advising. Attendees will take part in an activity to redesign an email to students to incorporate behavioral messaging--and motivate them to engage.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what nudging is and how it is being used in higher education to improve student outcomes.
  • Learn 2-3 behavioral science-informed strategies for motivating and supporting students.
  • Generate concrete ideas that can be implemented in the near future for leveraging those strategies in daily practice with students.

LAURA BARNARD, Executive Vice President and Provost, Lakeland Community College, OH

CECILIA LE, Managing Director, Persistence Plus, MA

Breakout Session 6 from 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Room: Mariner Cove

Level: Beginner

For centuries the primary role of college institutions has been to prepare students for opportunities to join the workforce upon graduation. However, in an ever-evolving world, there has been increased recognition of the instrumental role that acquiring entrepreneurial skills can play in college students work-related endeavors. Given its instrumental role, entrepreneurial education can also have the power to provide students with multiple skills that are applicable in short-term educational and workforce-related opportunities. Of these benefits, there are two that can profoundly support students in the pursuit of their endeavors: 1) developing the tenets of an entrepreneurial mindset to drive purpose driven work and 2) learning how to navigate entrepreneurial landscapes to increase beneficial transferable workforce related soft-skills.

In this workshop, Ethos aims to facilitate group activities with current educators to walk through employable practices for interdisciplinary entrepreneurial learning. To start the workshop educators will be engaged in icebreaker activities that allow them to share pluses and minuses related to their unique entrepreneurial education styles. Following the dialogue of current educational styles, educators will have the opportunity to map potential deltas, or employable improvements, with fellow colleagues. To conclude the workshop, Ethos aims to engage attendees in reviewing entrepreneurial educational case studies that illuminate strategic practices that have worked across the country. Educators will then have the opportunity to create simulations of employable strategies that can meet their students learning needs.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Elicit Opportunities for Educators to Learn Best Practices from Peers: Create a community of sharing where entrepreneurial educators can exchange knowledge and information with one another.
  • Support Educators in Promoting Learnings Connectedness to Students Passions: Facilitate programmatic opportunities for educators to create educational curriculums that engage and excite student participants.
  • Create Tangible Programs that Portray the Transferability of Entrepreneurial Education Practices: Explore case studies and examples of how entrepreneurial mindset training has been implemented in the classroom and turned into transferable skills in a wide variety of industries.

JUSTIN DENT, Executive Director, Ethos, NY 

VADIM REVZIN, Entrepreneur in Residence, Ethos, NY


Room: Sapphire Cove

Level: Advanced

Cabrillo College, one of the California Community College (CCC) Maker colleges, shares its discoveries and takeaways following the culmination of its 2-year $720K grant to build out its makerspace as a center for creative collaboration, design thinking, and problem-solving across disciplines. The Cabrillo College Makerspace team will explain how they, with the assistance of a contracted Job Developer from Goodwill Industries Central Coast, overcame challenges, made discoveries, and leveraged successes in their new makerspace to create a catalyst for real-world cross-disciplinary creative problem-solving, new workforce development opportunities for students in the Monterey Bay Region, and entrepreneurial activity.

The panel will discuss how Cabrillo College developed an industry, community, and college-responsive makerspace that prepared many students for a wide range of successful paid maker-related internships in industry and non-profits. Successful strategies for developing new internship opportunities, curriculum, and an extensive ecosystem for spawning formal and informal creative partnerships will be shared.  The college’s success with student interns addressing a real-world business challenge through the special Makermatic initiative will also be shared. The session will include illustrative and engaging success stories and video vignettes, and Q & A.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn successful strategies and pitfalls to avoid when building out an industry, community, and college-responsive makerspace.
  • Discover what unexpected benefits can emerge when a college invests in creating a high-tech, cross-disciplinary creative playground where novel problem-solving success stories emerge organically and serendipitously from student and club level collaborations.
  • Understand the importance and value of investing in an experienced and well-connected internship/job developer for your college makerspace to realize maximum workforce development benefits for students.

JOHN GRAULTY, Dean of Visual, Applied, & Performing Arts, Cabrillo College, CA

PAYSON MCNETT, Cabrillo College Makerspace Faculty Director, Cabrillo College, CA

MARY GOVAARS, Program Coordinator, Cabrillo College Makerspace, CA

Breakout Session 7 from 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Room: Sapphire Cove

Level: Intermediate

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

Hear more from NACCE 2019 Keynote, Rodney Walker!


Breakout Session 8 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Room: Sapphire Cove

Level:  Beginner

This session will cover how to be more effective with your students by using a structured, proven methodology and LivePlan, the leading strategic planning and forecasting platform. Claudette Shatto will share how she has successfully incorporated LivePlan to enhance and streamline her entrepreneurship offerings at Napa Valley College, highlighting specific student success stories. Learn from the LivePlan team how to teach students the perfect blend of traditional business planning and lean startup methodology. Help your students create cash flow projections to determine the financial viability of their venture. Learn how to incorporate a modern toolset across multiple programs to accelerate learning and promote collaboration.

Learning Objectives:

  • Teach lean business planning principles.
  • Understand how to use a cutting edge cloud-based tool for collaboration and education.
  • Take away syllabus, powerpoint slides, class notes and more for workshops and classes.

JOSH FEGLES, Academic and Government Channel Partnerships, Palo Alto Software, maker of LivePlan, OR

CLAUDETTE SHATTO, Program Coordinator & Instructor, Napa Valley College, CA


Room: Mariner Cove

Level:  Intermediate

Track: Academic Programs Track

The nature of global business has shifted dramatically over the last several years creating more and better access for entrepreneurs to launch a global business from the outset. E-commerce is the key vehicle for emerging entrepreneurs to enter global markets, and community colleges can set themselves apart by providing training in the international market. Find out how re-framing existing programs or augmenting current content with of-the-moment skills will better position entrepreneurs and business owners to succeed in gaining real market share with a foreign customer base.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover why global markets and looking beyond the community is so critical to preparing entrepreneurs for success
  • Learn the key competencies to include in your curriculum or center programming
  • Find out about experiential learning opportunities geared to global trade and e-commerce (like internship programs & pitch competitions).

LEAH GOOLD-HAWS, CA Centers for International Trade Development (CA)

DR. CHRISTINE PIGSLEY, Minnesota State University Mankato (MN)