Small Business and Entrepreneurship Curriculum Development
Nearly every community college in California provides coursework or program offerings to educate entrepreneurs and/or small business owners. Since Small Business and Entrepreneurship is not limited to one industry sector, the coursework and programs being developed can cross almost every discipline.
The Small Business Sector collaborates with industry and education to improve and expand business and entrepreneurial curriculum. The end result is a job-ready workforce and entrepreneurial leaders to ensure California’s economic growth and global competitiveness. Here are resources and tools for our curriculum development partners.
- Faculty Entrepreneurship Champion Mini Grants RFA for FY 17-18 - The Small Business Sector is seeking applications for ten $7,500 Faculty Entrepreneurship Champion Mini Grants for projects in the following areas (Click here to download a copy of the Request for Applications):
- Embedding/Infusing small business/entrepreneurship curriculum into existing Career Technical Education (CTE) classes and programs.
- Creation of credit, non-credit and not-for-credit small business/entrepreneurship courses and programs (e.g. stackable certificates, badges, low-unit certificates, certificates of achievement, or AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees).
- Creation of entrepreneurship pathways from middle school, high school, community college, four year universities and development of articulation agreements associated with these pathways.
- Small business and entrepreneurship related experiential learning opportunities such as setting up student run businesses, entrepreneurship centers, student business clubs, business incubators, accelerators, makerspaces, co-working spaces, internship programs, or business pitch competitions.
- Self-employment Pathways in the Gig Economy - by 2020, it is projected that 43% of the workforce will be made up of freelancers or independent contractors in the gig economy. The purpose of this pilot project will be to prepare community college students to become freelancers and independent contractors in the growing Gig Economy. Working with industry partners, the California Community College Small Business Sector will roll out a Self-employment Pathways in the Gig Economy at colleges across the state. Click Here for the Solicitation of Interest. For more info, contact Charles Eason at firstname.lastname@example.org 707-863-7846.
- EShip Educator Curriculum Resource Sharing Website - This website has been developed by the Small Business Sector of the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework out of the California Community Colleges to be the entrepreneur curriculum resource where best practices and teaching tools are uploaded and shared by and for educators in California and across the country.
- California Community Colleges Curriculum Inventory
- Third Party Curriculum
- Kauffman FastTrac “Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture”
- Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative “Ice House Entrepreneurship Program”
- The Planning Shop
- NxLeveL Entrepreneurial Training Program
- HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (LIFE)
- Virtual Enterprises International
- Junior Achievement
- Generation E Institute Entrepreneurship Education for Tomorrow’s Leaders
- My Own Business Institute (Santa Clara University)
- National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)
- Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
- California Business Education Association (CBEA)
- Regional Projects
- Other Resources
- CTE LaunchBoard - a statewide data system supported by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and hosted by Cal-PASS Plus, provides data to California community colleges and their feeder K-12 school districts on the effectiveness of CTE programs.
- CalPASS Plus - California's actionable system of data linking student performance from pre-K through 12, to college and the workplace.
- Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation - among the largest private foundations in the United States, their grant making and operations are focused on two areas - education and entrepreneurship.
- CTE Online - a California resource devoted to connecting educators and leaders within the unique field of Career and Technical Education to quality professional development tools that emphasize the role rigorous academic skills play in pursuit of industry- and career-related coursework.