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Metropolitan Community College (NE) will develop 20 faculty champions for entrepreneurship from across campus to embed entrepreneurship concepts into their classes. Matching funds: $4,900. Project Director: Heather Nelson


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Program Launch! Time For Workshop #1

Posted By Metropolitan Community College - NE _, Saturday, October 1, 2011
Updated: Saturday, October 1, 2011

Our pilot program enabled us funding for 20 participants.  But due to the overwhelming surprise number of applicants....and 2 of them coming from "teams" (or departments wanting to work as teams to tackle the idea of how to embed entrepreneurship at a higher level across the department and into multiple classrooms or in multiple ways at a time - which was COOL!), we accepted 23 participants into the program.  15 were working individually and the other eight were from 2 teams (The English Department and the Culinary Program).  All in all, our pilot program touched 13 program areas across the campus.  The other 11 programs included:

Accounting, Business (Management/Marketing), Arts, Photography, Human Relations, Psychology, Ethics, Science/Anatomy/Physiology/Genetics, Info Technology, History and Solar Energy. 

What great new Champions we have waving the flag for entrepreneurship / intrapreneurship / innovation & creativity!

The first workshop theme was "Engaging Entrepreneurs".  The basic premise was to introduce the attendees to:

1.  MCC's existing ENTR program - (so not to duplicate efforts)

2.  Identifying Entrepreneurial Characteristics (in general)

3.  How to identify those characteristics in our students

4.  How to create discussions and assignments that "talk" to entrepreneurs while still reaching their subject/discipline objectives.


A good starting place was for each to first understand who they are categorized by being an Entrepreneur, an Intrapreneur, an Innovator or Creative Thinker, or finally the Key Employee.  This gave the opportunity to go over the differences which I represented with posters that were color coded.  Each were then asked to blow up a balloon that represented "their color".....and let me say that the room became very colorful as balloons became tied together, were put one inside the other to represent an outer/inner shell.  They were indeed very much into this exercise!  Each placed their balloons on a wall throughout the room and stood in groups of now new found friends of similar mindset.  This led us into introductions of whom everyone was and what we taught.  Very enlightening first day's workshop! 

The characteristics generated by table teams were each placed one on a post it note that were then shared with the class and placed on a "wall cloud". One could quickly see the unique traits brainstormed as well as the common traits that each group identified.  I retained the post it notes of the individual words and my assistant so graciously entered them into the program at and created a picture of a star of the words that we later inserted on the final graduating certificates (see attachment).  The larger words means that these are characteristics that were duplicated by teams.

 See pictures attached for this first workshop experience.

I've additionally attached:

1.  Workshop #1 Introduction Email

2.  Workshop #2 Faculty Participant Handout (with Agenda)

3.  Graduating Certificate showing the "Star" designing of Entrepreneurial Traits created at

I do hope that it helps you create your own similar "champion" program.

 - thanks!







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Tags:  Engaging Entrepreneurship  Entrepreneurship Across The Curriuclum  Faculty Champion  MCC  Metro  Nelson  Student Mindset 

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