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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.

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.

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Educators: Industry-Specific Curriculum Development
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