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.
- 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.
- Faculty Entrepreneurship Champion Mini Grants Awarded - The Small Business Sector awarded ten $7,500 Faculty Entrepreneurship Champion Mini Grants to the following colleges:
Bakersfield College – Infusing HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurship modules into their commercial music programs to prepare students for the “gig” economy
College of the Siskyous – Embedding small business/entrepreneurship modules into existing CTE Computer Science courses (interview local businesses on their needs)
Crafton Hills College - Curriculum development of non-credit small business/entrepreneurship courses to create an enhanced certificate for noncredit entrepreneurship working with business incubator in City of Yucaipa
Contra Costa College – Internship Program where students come together as their own design and marketing firm to apply their technical and professional skills in a real-world context
Chabot College – Scholarships for community college and K-12 faculty to attend the three-day Community College Entrepreneurship Pathway Training being hosted at Chabot College
Cosumnes River College – Create stackable certificates related to entrepreneurship and small business management and host a business plan pitch competition
Folsom Lake College - Incorporate 21st Century Skills Curriculum into Mgmt 330 Diversity in the Workplace Course (Adaptability; Analysis/Solution Mindset; Collaboration; Communication; Digital Fluency; Empathy; Entrepreneurial Mindset; Resilience; Self-Awareness)
San Diego CCD - Provide entrepreneurship experiential learning opportunities by creating a dedicated Entrepreneur Space for students of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Programs
Mira Costa College – Work Experience Internship Project where students can earn credit for interning at the own business under the guidance of a training mentor
Cuesta College - Create instructional materials for a three-hour pilot course entitled Starting A Business and pair students with local businesses for experiential learning.
Monterey Peninsula College – Strengthen entrepreneurship career pathways with local K-12 districts and CSU Monterey Bay. Establish a Student Entrepreneurship Club. Participate in Monterey Bay Challenge Business Competition.
- 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
- 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.