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3rd Annual Conference | Las Vegas | 2005

An Entrepreneurial Renaissance - Community Colleges Taking the Lead

Plenary Sessions

PowerPoint Presentations


Session A: "Expanding Internal Linkages of Entrepreneurship Education at Your Institution"
JCCC is fulfilling a new initiative to create program-specific entrepreneurship certificates at their college by linking them to specific career programs. Nine new certificates have been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. Other community colleges may find it very useful to replicate this approach.Donna Duffy, Johnson County Community College, Kansas

Session B: "Community College Entrepreneurial Hiring Practices”
This session explores the emerging concept of entrepreneurial hiring. Participants will learn about aspects of the hiring process which represent best practices. Additionally, they will have a unique opportunity to share their best practices as part of a current study being conducted by the presenters on entrepreneurial hiring practices in the community college. Barbara Kavalier, Tacoma Community College and Suzanne L. Flannigan, Camosun College.

Session C: "Walking the Talk: Entrepreneurship in the Operation of Your Entrepreneurial Center”
Strategic partnerships are key to successful Entrepreneurship Centers in community colleges. Learn how three community colleges from different parts of the country creatively partnered with private industry, other institutions and a variety of government agencies to create successful entrepreneurship centers in their communities.Christine Pigsley, Dakota County Technical College and Ron Thomas, President, Dakota County Technical College.

Session D: "It’s a Small World: The Power of a Student Business Incubation Community”
Student Business Incubators need to provide more than assistance in terms of business development. They need to provide relief from isolation and empathy for stressful situations that can only come from other entrepreneurs. Dr. Westerkamp will talk about how a successful student business incubator community can be a boon to student entrepreneurs.Sandi Westerkamp, Springfield Technical Community College and Deb King, Scibelli Enterprise Center.

"Business Incubation Management: Creating a Thread of Campus-Wide Entrepreneurship”
Bossier Parish Community College has created a curriculum that takes the student from the initial stages of identifying potential business opportunities to their business plan development. With any curriculum, be it pharmacy tech or business management, there must be a thread of entrepreneurship in order for students’ to feel the real passion that can sustain them even through the bad times. Paula Johns, Bossier Parish Community College.

Session E: "Generating Investment in Entrepreneurship Education: A Checkbook Approach”
Models for creating strong connections between entrepreneurship programs and the business community, featuring down-to-earth procedures for financing these endeavors. Betty Noble, Howard Community College.

Session F: "It’s All About Sharing – Blended e-learning: A Panel Discussion on Effective Practices”
Face-to-face instruction combined with online content enables students to learn through self-discovery as they research, develop, and write a start-up business plan with "Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture” developed by the Kauffman Foundation.Tina Sterling, Consultant, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Mary Beth Izard, Consultant, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Ann Alexander, Grand Rapids Community College.

Session G: "Entrepreneurship: Facilitating Regeneration. A Perspective from Northern Ireland’s Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education”
After 30 years of conflict, Northern Ireland is finally able to turn its attention to facilitating entrepreneurial thinking and entrepreneurship education. An opportunity to hear how they made it happen. Brian Turtle, Belfast Institute, Ireland and Michelle McCaughley, Belfast Institute, Ireland.

"Students Perceptions on Entrepreneurship Courses at the Higher Education Level”
For many years traditional aspirations have been the goal for college students. Recently, however, the children of traders and businessmen in the private sector have begun to express interest in starting their own ventures and are now looking to their universities for guidance in creating business plans. The response from educators at fulfilling these needs could set off a major shift in Indonesia’s overall direction.Drs. Syahrial Syarif, Adalas University, Padang, Indonesia..

Session H: "Cluster Hub Entrepreneurship Project”
A major U.S. Department of Education-backed initiative that links entrepreneurship education programs to local economic development initiatives. The project has developed a number of unique teaching tools in clusters such as manufacturing, medical devices, and tourism/hospitality. Erik Pages, EntreWorks and Grace Young, EntreWorks.

Session I: "Communication Is The Name of The Game”
The Papajohn Entrepreneurial Center, through a curriculum designed around entrepreneurial topics and developed for each of the Communication classes, will reach 50% of the student population on an annual basis and over 90% of the students over a two-year period. The presenters will illustrate how this program facilitates entrepreneurship education across the campus. Tim Putnam, North Iowa Area Community College, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and Karen Regal, North Iowa Area Community College, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

Session J: "Ideas and Dreams to Grow and Profit”
Luzerne County Community College is developing an entrepreneurship education and awareness campaign for their college and their community. Presenter will ask attendees to comment on and critique the present program and offer suggestions based on their own experiences. Dr. Peter P. Balsamo, Luzerne County Community College.

Session K: "Creating a Certificate in Entrepreneurship: Gamble or Gold Mine?”
In 2002 Dakota County Technical College transformed its small selection of self-employment course offerings into a comprehensive business entrepreneur certificate that has experienced exponential enrollment growth since its inception. Not only has the college become more entrepreneurial as an institution, the program has integrated students from every college discipline because of its tangible connection to today’s workforce outlook. Christine Pigsley, Dakota County Technical College and Bob Voss, Dakota County Technical College.

"How to Get Started With an Entrepreneurship Center-The First Year”
Bristol Community College will talk about the establishment of their Academic Center for Entrepreneurship during this past year, including how they identified long-term goals, established areas of concentration, and utilized existing resources.Phoebe Blackburn, Bristol Community College.

Session L: "Statewide Partnership - NET-Force (Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force)”
Several Nebraska Community Colleges are working together with congressional representatives and local agencies to create a common curriculum and services that can be utilized by entrepreneurs throughout the state. The chair of the Task Force will explain how this collaboration began, how obstacles were overcome, and what future challenges will be faced. Tim Mittan, Southeast Community College, Dr. Dennis Headrick, Southeast Community College, Kathleen R. Thornton, Southeast Community College and Lory Cappel, office of Congressman Tom Osborne.

Session M: "Entrepreneurship Education: A Community Partnership Approach”
Eastern Maine Community College’s Certificate in Small Business Development is an accredited program designed to provide students with strategies and skills that improve chances for business success. The program utilizes partnerships with the SBA, Maine SBDCs, Eastern Maine Development Corporation and the University of Maine, among others. Michael Ballesteros, Eastern Maine Community College.

Session N: "Growing a Philanthropic Revenue Stream: Getting the Money you Need/CRD”
This session highlights the steps one community college took to successfully get "the million dollar donation” from a local entrepreneur. In addition, possible revenue streams to support you entrepreneurial endeavors will be identified. Carlene Cassidy, Anne Arundel Community College and Steve Budd, Council for Resource Development and Springfield Technical Community College.

Session O: "A Developmental Model for Propreneurs (Entrepreneurship for Professionals)”
In addition to monetary gain, many entrepreneurs start businesses for personal fulfillment. Dr. Fedenia will discuss how entrepreneurship education programs can meet the needs for these individuals and suggests how this might be accomplished. Dr. Jim Fedenia, Central Arizona College.

Session P: "Sharing Program Evaluation Methods Helps Everyone”
During the 2003/2004 academic year, Middlesex Community College conducted a program review of their Small Business Management Certificate to judge the effectiveness of this Certificate in providing entrepreneurship education to students. What they discovered and the changes they’ve made will be helpful to other institutions looking to evaluate their programs. Judy Hogan, Middlesex Community College.

"Entrepreneurship Everywhere”How can educators develop the entrepreneurial spirit across campus when everyone is in a different variety of courses? Using the National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education can provide a framework for diversity and lifelong learning. Cathy Ashmore, Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education

Session Q: "A Woman’s Place: Entrepreneurship and the Community College Experience”
Nationally, women are starting new businesses at twice the rate of men. What does this mean to community colleges? This workshop will discuss the growing representation of females in business programs and community colleges across the United States and how presenting small business management opportunities can change individual lives and communities. Sandi Westerkamp, Springfield Technical Community College and Jamie Curtismith, Everett Community College.

Session R: "Beginning With the End in Mind"
Junior and Senior student mentorship project. By creating a mentoring partnership between first and fourth semester entrepreneurship students, freshmen get a sense of the types and relevancy of skills they’ll be learning and seniors are given a chance to demonstrate and utilize their newly acquired knowledge. The faculty gains insights that help them cultivate a more cohesive curriculum. Gail Olmsted, Springfield Technical Community College and Mike Farrell, Springfield Technical Community College.

Session S: "Creating a State of Entrepreneurship: An Integrated Community Approach to Entrepreneurship Education Across the State Economy”
Most states lack both policies and a cohesive planned approach to integrating an entrepreneurship curriculum into their public education system. Using a bottom-up approach, The Rhode Island MicroEnterprise Association has created a lean replicable model for building RI into a "State of Entrepreneurship.” Kenneth Proudfoot, The Rhode Island Youth Entrepreneurship Program.

Session T: "Web-Based Entrepreneurship: It’s the Same but Different”
Creative teaching strategies such as guest speakers, group projects, and assignments, as well as "Best Practices” will be discussed. Online challenges such as assessments, self-evaluations, changing course management systems, and textbook changes will also be covered. Find out how other faculty have overcome these challenges and learned to "expect the unexpected.” Rose Marchisa Bednarz, Professor, Gateway Community College.

Session U: "Entrepreneurship: The Risk and Reward of Partnerships in Higher Education”
What does it take to make a center for entrepreneurship financially feasible in the current economic environment? Learn how Dakota County Technical College went "outside the box” and used strategic partnerships with two other colleges to create a satellite campus for business education that offers everything from certificates in entrepreneurship to a Masters in Business Administration. Hear both the risks and rewards that 2-year schools face when operating in an entrepreneurial manner. Christine Pigsley, Dakota County Technical College, Donna Duffey, Johnson County Community College and Diane Sabato, Director, Springfield Technical Community College.

Session V: "Community Colleges as a Source of Technology Transfer”
The Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation and Gateway Technical College’s successful approach to combining technology transfer opportunities with entrepreneurship education programs. Matthew Wagner, Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation (CATI) and Patrick Hoppe, Gateway Technical College.

Session W: "Don’t Do This Alone! Find An Experienced Entrepreneurship Training Organization”
In 2003, the Metropolitan Community Colleges District, of which Penn Valley is one, was awarded a Kauffman Collegiate Entrepreneurship Network Grant. It was their goal to promote entrepreneurship throughout the five-college system. Their first and most important step was to enlist the aid of an experienced entrepreneurship training organization – Kansas City’s First Step Fund. You’ll hear about their successful partnership. Kate Duffy, Penn Valley Community College and Vanessa Finley, First Step Fund.

Session X: "Seeing It Like It Really Is”
The MarketMaker, a "live case study,” is a web-based financial center developed by the Institute for Virtual Enterprise at Kingsborough Community College. It allows students to have a realistic pre-venture experience in a global virtual economy. Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, Kingsborough Community College.


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Barbara Jones, The University of Texas at Austin

"Thank you for a great conference and creating a learning environment that made it a very positive experience. I met a lot of people and made a number of great contacts."
Chuck Loomis, Shoreline Community College

"I attended last year's conference and am looking forward to next year. I always leave with valuable information—energy to move forward with my program and the enthusiasm to add and grow what we can offer."
Paulette Millette, York County Community College

"I have acquired valuable curriculum planning materials and can now enjoy a network of champions for entrepreneurship who I can look to for support and ideas as we more fully implement our entrepreneurship program."
Nancy Nuell, Montgomery College

"I thought this conference was exceptional. It provided great ideas to take home and start on immediately. It also had valuable partners and networking possibilities."
Renee Harbin, Garden City Community College

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Ed White, Dean, Danville Community College

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D.B. Probyn, Metro Community College

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Liz Grizzard, Southside Virginia Community College

"The conference was informative, interesting, dynamic and a real mind-stirring experience for me. The speakers, sessions and roundtables were perfectly orchestrated to keep my energy high and my mind engaged in the visions of what more I can do for entrepreneurship in Delaware! I appreciate the work of NACCE and applaud your outcomes!”
Stephanie Beaudet, AVP Corporate and Community Programs, Delaware Technical & Community College

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