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Jones County Junior College (MS) will develop and implement its first entrepreneurship courses and curriculum. Matching funds: $5,000. Project Director: Finée Ruffin


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August and Sept. 2011

Posted By Finee R. Ruffin, Monday, September 26, 2011
That last two months have been so fast!

August 2011
  • Met with the Department of Education Board to submit the proposal of the Entrepreneurship Curriculum for the state of Mississippi. It passed with approval for classes to begin being offered at JCJC Spring 2012. 
  • Met with RCU (Research and Curriculum Unit of Mississippi) to submit the 3 classes already completed through the Coleman Grant Funding.
  • Met with the JCJC Board of Education to present current standings with Entrepreneurship Development. 
September 2011
  • Recruiting for Spring 2011 first offering. (I have spoken to more classes and groups on campus and off campus than I knew existed.)
  • Setting up the class as far as assignments, activities, etc.

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Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force (NET Force) Site Visit

Posted By Finee R. Ruffin, Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force (NET Force) Site Visit

Jones County Junior College, May 2011

Jones County Junior College, Ellisville, MS


Finee Ruffin, JCJC Project Lead

Metro Community College, Omaha, NE Contact:

Heather Nelson, Entrepreneurship Program Manager


1. Airport Arrival: May 8th 7:55 pm

2. Work Days: May 9, 10 and 11

3. Airport Departure: May 12th


Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE Contact:

Tim Mittan, Director Entrepreneurship Center

Hotel Accomodations

Hampton Inn

17606 Arbor Plaza, Omaha NE


Central Community College, Hastings, NE Contact:

Lisa Tschauner, Entrepreneurship Coordinator Hastings






Monday, May 9th

8:00 - 9:00 am

Discuss History of NET Force and the 6 course program, articulation/transfer agreements arranged statewide


MCC Elkhorn

9:00 – 10:20 am

Drive To SECC Entrepreneurship Center, Lincoln, NE


10:30 - noon

Discuss 8 week career prep training program delivered as for-credit class or non credit workshop specifically

Lisa Tschauner CCC




Lisa, Tim and Heather


1:00 – 4:00 pm

Tour SECC ENTR Center: Student & Professional Incubator clients, Lincoln Public Schools High School dual credit focus program

Tim, Incubator clients, LPS ENTR teachers


4:00 – 5:30 pm

Drive back to Omaha


Tuesday, May 10th

8:30 – 10:30 am

Discuss MCC’s ENTR Program: Degree, Certificate & Diploma developed to include across programs. Coverage of: Syllabi, course outcomes, texts/resources used, assignments


MCC Elkhorn

10:30 – 11:00 am

Drive to Fort Omaha Campus


11:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch with MCC administrative leadership team to discuss setting a new program, budgeting, grant writing, seeking college-wide and community support, etc..

Heather and:

EVP, Jim Grotrian;

VP Academic Affairs, Dave Ho;

Dean of Business, Daryl Hansen;

Grants Coordinator, Pam Perry

MCC’s Student Bistro, Fort Omaha Campus

1:00 –3:45 pm

Continuation of discussing MCC’s ENTR Program


3:45 – 4:05 pm

Drive to South Omaha Campus


4:15 – 5:45 pm

Attend ENTR 1050 Intro To Entrepreneurship class: observe student presentations

Ed Cochran, adjunct

MCC SOC MAH Room 209

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Attend ENTR 2060 Legal issues For The Entrepreneur class: observe instructor discussion and in-class exercises

Mark Jensen, adjunct

MCC SOC CON Room 245

Wednesday, May 11th

10:30 – 11:00 am

Drive to Fort Omaha Campus


11:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch with MCC teaching team (fulltime and adjuncts) to help build your own team of candidates with passions, interests and backgrounds in the entrepreneurship arena. Open discussion on working with students, etc…


Eric Bremers, CPA; Dr. Liliana Cox, Karen Mavropolous and others as they RSVP

FOC #21

Room 102

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Discuss cross-curriculum program integration and customized degree creation with the culinary program

Dean of Culinary, Jim Trebbien

FOC Culinary Institute

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Drive To Elkhorn Campus


3:30 – 4:30 pm

Open time for questions / follow up


MCC Elkhorn

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Student Graduate Visit to see how education has led to implementation

Dawn Kanne, HeArts Gallery of Omaha

MCC Elkhorn

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Babson College: Interview for Omaha Research Project and report out of the State of Mississippi’s Climate For Entrepreneurship Assessment just completed.

Patel Payaal, Babson College

MCC Elkhorn

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Attend ENTR 2090 Business Plans For The Entrepreneur class: student mock presentation night (practice night for judging next week); interview students to learn of their interest for entrepreneurship, gather input on their educational experience as these students have now completed all 6 courses with MCC. (students not required to participate in "interviews”; but encouraged – they know that you’re coming)


MCC Elkhorn

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April Showers

Posted By Finee R. Ruffin, Monday, May 2, 2011

This month has been a flood of ideas coming together.  Below are my major accomplishments for April 2011:

  • I have been working with the delegates from Nebraska to set up my site visit to their colleges. I will be gone May 8 - 12th.  I will include my itenairy in May's update. Will include photos of the trip as well.
  • I have gone through a budget revision with the Coleman Foundation.
  • Developed an articulation rough draft for JCJC program and the University of Southern Mississippi's E-ship program.

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March Madness!

Posted By Finee R. Ruffin, Monday, March 28, 2011
Greetings fellow NACCE members and friends,


We here at JCJC are rocking and rolling on our Entrepreneurship Development. Over the last two months we have:

· Generated the skeleton curriculum for an Associate in Applied Science Degree, a certificate option, and the merger classes for existing career and technical programs within our campus.

· Developed all Entrepreneurship Course Descriptions.

· Met with an existing career and technical advisory committee with the committee voting in the need for an Entrepreneurship Program at JCJC. (This is a step required by the State of Mississippi's Education System.)

· Met with the Jones County Chamber of Commerce on where they can help within the growth of Entrepreneurship at JCJC.

· Met with the Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee to review and provided feedback on the curriculum draft.

In the upcoming months we are also very busy with:

· Presenting the curriculum request to the EPAK committee. (This is committee within our campus that must approve all program and course request.)

· Presenting the curriculum as a pilot program request with Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit.

· Visiting Nebraska for the NETFORCE visit.

Happy Spring,

Finée Ruffin

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Unpredictable January

Posted By Finee R. Ruffin, Tuesday, February 8, 2011

January 2011 Update

I have advice to anyone planning on major work to happen in January – It’s not happening. Hindsight is 20/20. I had planned for a good deal of activity to take place in January and we have had snow days out of school, ice days out of school, two holidays and then the month was gone. However, I have managed to get some work done on our project on my own and with some internal meetings within the campus community. We have created the "wish list” of our Entrepreneurship Development Committee Members and we are constantly receiving responses from our invitation to be a part of this development.

Meetings I held/attended this month in relation to the grant:

· Director of Grants – process of committee alignment

· Vice President of Advancement – development process update

· Director of the Chamber of Commerce – Community awareness and involvement in the development

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Entrepreneurship Beginnings

Posted By Finee R. Ruffin, Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Entrepreneurship Beginnings

December 7, 2010

Wow! I am so excited to be a part of growing entrepreneurship in my area and state! The entrepreneurship ride has already started for us here at JCJC. My grant was written to begin January 1, 2011 and run through December 31, 2011, but the groundwork is being laid for the kick-off in January.

The past month has been filled with meetings and discussions of entrepreneurship development. The Coleman Grant Award was announced in our employee newsletter "The Monday Morning News” and since that Faculty on campus have been a buzz of great things to come and how they can help me get it going on campus. I am super excited by the support from my fellow faculty members!

For planning purposes I want to include some of the meetings I have had over the last month preparing for the grant to start in January 2011:

· Dean of the College of Business and Technology

· Grant Office Director

· Vice President of the JCJC Foundation

· Business and Marketing Faculty Round Table

· Jones County Economic Development Authority

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Support Documents

Posted By Matthew R. Montoya, Friday, October 29, 2010
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