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Johnson County Community College to Host Entrepreneurship Courses

Monday, July 7, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Guin Griswold
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Should you open your own business? Do you want to be your own boss? In five weekends, you can find out if entrepreneurship is right for you with an innovative new approach at Johnson County Community College.

Two entrepreneurship classes at JCCC, normally offered separately, will be paired into one key exploration opportunity for all would-be entrepreneurs. The two classes will be offered in five consecutive weekends from Sept. 26 to Oct. 25.

Classes meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Successful completion means students earn five college credits while exploring an entrepreneurial career.

“We believe students who want entrepreneurial skills want them as quickly as they can,” said Donna Duffey, professor and chair of entrepreneurship. “We also understand from many entrepreneurship students that they lead very busy lives. We wanted to try to accommodate their schedules as much as possible.”

The two classes can begin the process of earning an entrepreneurship certificate, a business degree, or can be an end in itself.

The two classes include The Entrepreneurial Mindset (ENTR 130), a three-credit class that explores what it takes to think like an entrepreneur, and Introduction to Entrepreneurship (ENTR 120), a two-credit class that provides students some of the basic business skills an entrepreneur should have.

These classes give students insight on the skills and the level of commitment necessary to successfully operate a business. Class projects and development plans provide them an opportunity to discover entry points and strategies for their business of choice.

Joe Magnant, adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and an entrepreneur himself, will be teaching the accelerated classes. He said the classes’ unique structure is a working example of the entrepreneurial mindset in action. “We are tapping into the entrepreneurial mindset by responding to the current needs of the marketplace,” Magnant said. Students want flexibility in class scheduling, not just 16-week credit classes, and they desire new and innovative ways to gather information, he said.

The structure of the classes is unlike most academic classes for credit. Students will have five weekends to get to know each other. An emphasis on collaborative learning, along with student preparation for classroom discussion, will make for a dynamic learning experience.

“It’s the same faculty member, in the same classroom, with the same people creating a learning cohort,” Duffey said. “They can learn so much from each other.”

Duffey said she hopes the new ENTR 120-130 pairing will quickly and effectively give students information enabling them to decide whether entrepreneurship is right for them.

“We recognize that certain people are not necessarily looking for a full degree, but they do need work skills, and they need them quickly,” Duffey said. These classes provide foundational skills that employers desire, Magnant said, and the fundamentals of success for those who want to carve their own futures.

For more information about entrepreneurship class pairing or other questions about entrepreneurship, contact Duffey at 913-469-8500 ext. 3475 or Contact Magnant at

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