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ERIC Number: EJ793956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Lessons in Self-Made Success: Programs Teach Business, Entrepreneurship
Rosenfeld, Stuart; Pages, Erik
Community College Journal, v78 n3 p12-16, 21-22 Dec 2007-Jan 2008
Everyone admires entrepreneurs, and every region aspires to become entrepreneurial. Whether community colleges should teach entrepreneurship today--or support entrepreneurs--is a non-issue. Colleges want students, graduates, faculty, and administrators to be entrepreneurial. Other countries marvel at, and work to emulate, America's entrepreneurial culture. Education, training, and economic development programs and success measures are still driven by employment, not by self-employment. Economic statistics generally exclude tracking the self-employed and miss many of the micro-enterprises. Yet some of the fastest growing and most popular career choices are in sectors dominated by family businesses and micro-enterprises--the media, design, hospitality, recreational, information technology, and food industries. The demand for and value of entrepreneurship programs increasingly is apparent. With so many factory jobs now outsourced, with opportunities emerging in new sectors, and with values changing, community colleges can help the country get back to its entrepreneurial roots. In this article, the authors propose that community college leaders must design programs that are responsive to local business needs and that capitalize upon local business strengths and competencies. Some important guidelines for effective community college programs are suggested: (1) Apply industry context; (2) Use multiple modes of delivery; (3) Facilitate networking; (4) Go outside the classroom; and (5) Introduce new measures of success. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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