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Developing a Successful Entrepreneurship Program

Thursday, December 29, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristina Moy
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By Jack Huck, Southeast Community College President
(via Community College Times)

Editor's note: This is an excerpt from an article in the December/January edition of the Community College Journal, the bimonthly magazine of the American Association of Community Colleges.

One way to provide students and entrepreneurs opportunities to work with and contribute to the success of local economies is through the creation of an on-campus entrepreneurship program.

When done right, such programs, which often include business incubators that allow young companies to grow amid the comfort and resources afforded a college campus, offer a win-win for colleges and industry partners.

At Nebraska’s Southeast Community College (SCC), where I serve as president, our five-year-old Entrepreneurship Center has brought to light many of the benefits and challenges inherent in integrated business partnerships. If you are interested in pursuing a comprehensive entrepreneurial education program on your campus, consider these lessons learned:

Lesson 1
A successful entrepreneurship center requires three essential elements: a comprehensive model; an ambitious team of employees to deliver services, drive projects and explore new opportunities; and entrepreneurial vision at an administrative level to ensure overall innovation and growth.

The first step is to establish a vision. That vision should be predicated upon the college’s strengths, the needs of the community and the projected impact of the project. Your vision is more likely to be successful when it is shared by the CEO, key administrative players, the board of governors, employees and community partners.

Read more about Jack's lessons to develop a successful program

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