any student, on any degree path, can
benefit from entrepreneurship education—has led to the integration of
entrepreneurship education into each
of the Nebraska Department of Education’s career pathways. The model has
been adopted by community colleges
throughout the state.
Entrepreneurship Center staff have
created and facilitated several noncredit topical workshops and courses
on entrepreneurship. Staff continually
update workshop options with relevant, timely opportunities.
The primary goal of the SCC Entrepreneurship Center Business Incubator
is to support growth at participating
businesses, ensure each participating
business has what it takes to be competitive in its respective market, and,
ultimately, to “graduate” the business
from the facility within three years.
During that three-year period,
incubator business owners are required
to continue their education or training,
meet with the staff for coaching and
goal setting, and write a comprehensive business plan. Incubator business
owners also give back to the college
through a variety of mutually beneficial arrangements and partnerships.
We believe it is important for all of our
participating businesses to feel connected to the college.
Center staff offer one-on-one coaching to anyone interested in starting a
business. Information is provided to
guide aspiring entrepreneurs through
the startup process or take a business
to the next level. No matter what stage
the entrepreneur is at in his or her
entrepreneurial venture, the entrepreneurship team has developed coaching
and advising pathways specific to the
needs of that client.
At SCC, we engage in strategic
partnerships with community-based
organizations, local government, macro
enterprise/financial groups, economic
and workforce development organizations, industry leaders, educational
organizations and institutions, and
SCC has successfully created and
maintained the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force.
Since our Entrepreneurship Center
opened more than five years ago, some
900 students have taken entrepreneurship courses at our college. Thirty-three
businesses have been accepted into our
incubator, more than 600 entrepreneurs or potential entrepreneurs have
been coached, and the entrepreneurship team has received 14 local and
national awards for its work.
Our entrepreneurship team has been
instrumental in a variety of projects.
The Nebraska Entrepreneurship Educa-
tion Training Program was created to
teach educators how to embed creative
thinking, innovation, and entrepre-
neurship into existing curricula. SCC
was chosen, along with 10 other com-
munity colleges, to create a virtual in-
cubation model funded by the Charles
Stewart Mott Foundation in a project
with the American Association of
Community Colleges and the National
Association of Community Colleges.
Working with educational partners
from the United Kingdom, SCC devel-
oped a global enterprise comparison
course emphasizing culture, business
practices, and operating procedures.
Jack Huck is president of Southeast
Community College in Nebraska.
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