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Teaching Innovation: Raising the Bar in Community Colleges through Innovation

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Teaching Innovation: Raising the Bar in Community Colleges through Innovation


Guide Description:
This presentation will introduce a new framework for teaching breakthrough innovation that walks students from scouting opportunity to knowing what to innovate, the process of innovation, and steps for commercialization. Students must learn the process to innovate, concepts of commercialization, and business sense. Through his own research, the presenter has developed science of innovation, and curriculum for innovation that he has been successfully teaching at the university level.

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The American
Community College
system offers an excellent opportunity to a large number of students in getting good education before committing to their long term career objectives. Education at Community Colleges empowers students to realize their early learning and professional objectives. However, today our students are challenged due to global competition, and a declining leadership position of the U.S. economy. This global challenge continues to adversely affect many communities throughout the country. This changes provide a great opportunity for Community Colleges to play a critical role in revitalizing our economy at the grass roots level. More importantly, a need has arisen that fully aligns with the vision and mission of the Community College system. We must teach people to think, innovate and create entrepreneurial opportunities.


Praveen is the author of several books including Business Innovation in the 21st Century, just released A Complete and Balanced Service Scorecard, and Stat Free Six Sigma. Praveen has worked at Motorola in pioneering the Six Sigma deployment methodology, and teaching professionals worldwide. Praveen has done extensive work in teaching and achieving excellence, and presently focused on teaching and institutionalizing innovation. Praveen writes a monthly column on Manufacturing Excellence in Quality Magazine (, and on innovation for the He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Innovation Science ( that is planned for launch in February 2009. Praveen teaches Operations Management at DePaul University, and Business Innovation at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Besides teaching, He has taught seminars/ classes at several Community Colleges including College of DuPage, Harper Community College, Oakton Community Colleges, and Joliet Junior College.


Praveen Gupta, President, Accelper Consulting, IL 

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