5 Ways to Use the EC as a WCC Faculty Member

1/ Bring your class to the EC or the EC to your class

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Caption: Entrepreneurship Center Director Kristin Gapske speaking to an Intro to Business class

Bring your students on a “field trip” to our coworking space in WCC’s Plant Operations/Facilities Building! Along with seeing our space, we can deliver a presentation on our services and customized resources depending on your class topic and your student’s questions. We can also visit your classroom to discuss our services and hand out informational material.

 

Almost every student I have in a class will either become an entrepreneur or be working for a start up at some point in their lives. The days of working for a business for 20-30 years are gone. I bring small business or entrepreneurship into my classroom with every chapter. Now that the center has developed The Entrepreneurial Classroom Series, I am head over heals happy. I work hard to make my students understand the current business climate, what we are anticipating for the future business environment and how this will ultimately affect their opportunities. The EC makes my life easier and is a great resource for the college.” – Kimberly Kachadoorian, Business & Entrepreneurship Faculty

2/ Collaborate to plan a workshop on your field/industry

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Caption: Entrepreneurship Center workshop

Are you an expert in your field willing to share your knowledge with up-and-coming students? Do you see a need for additional educational opportunities on breaking into a certain industry? Work with us to bring a workshop on a relevant topic to life! Some examples of past workshops we have planned with WCC faculty include:

  • Mentoring Moments: How to Make Them, How to Maintain Them
  • The Real World of Professional Photography
  • Marketing Your Small Business With Social Media
  • Always Be Closing!: Basic Selling for Startups
  • Student Business Meetup: Freelancing Tips and Tricks – Handling Clients, Contracts and More
  • Orchestrating Referrals in a Service – Based Business
  • How to Start a Construction Business

No matter what kind of jobs my students get after college, as graphic designers they will always be freelancers in some capacity. The EC has become our go-to resource for help with pricing, business resources, and connecting with the community to get started in the industry. We are tremendously lucky to have such a rich and supportive initiative right here on campus.” – Ingrid Ankerson, Graphic Design Faculty

3/ Build an all-day Business Boot Camp

The EC’s Business Boot Camps are designed with WCC faculty to support departments on campus that produce entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners. The all-day Boot Camps present multiple speakers from the field who have made their way into independent business ownership, speaking on themes of time management, pricing, legal considerations, marketing, networking for professional development, getting jobs and sales, and all that running a business in that industry entails. Click logos to learn more about our past Boot Camps:

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Contrary to popular belief, you can go anywhere with an English degree — employers across a diversity of industries are excited to hire people with strong written communications skills, the comprehensive understanding of culture we get from literary study, and keen interpretive skills. Even though we’re a desirable group, we often have to sell ourselves to employers & help them understand how our strengths & talents will enhance their bottom line. The entrepreneurship mindset helps professionals with writing & literary backgrounds market themselves and identify & create opportunity. Of course, most writers today are entrepreneurs, juggling freelance gigs & fellowships, so the benefits of thinking about being a small business are huge for them.” – Hava Levitt-Phillips, English & Writing Faculty

4/ Bring Business Professionals to Your Classroom

Participate in Professionals in the Classroom Day
WCC’s Professionals in the Classroom Day happens annually in April. Faculty can sign up to have a mentor visit their class and talk about their professional experience on this day. Sign up and learn more here:

http://src.wccnet.edu/for-faculty/

Get assistance finding professionals to speak to your class
The EC can help bring in professionals in your field to talk in your class anytime! Contact us at entrepreneurship@wccnet.edu for more information.

Teaching an entrepreneurship class, I think it’s critical that my students know what a great resource is available to them on campus. I try to bring every class over to introduce them to the center, staff and resources. It’s great that they can go in with questions and walk away with connections and resources to find the answers.” – Cheri Dunn, Entrepreneurship Faculty

5/ Create an Entrepreneurial Classroom

The Entrepreneurial Classroom Series includes classroom activities created by WCC faculty through a federally funded grant from the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Higher Education for Development (HED) program.

Each activity was developed to help introduce students to an entrepreneurial mindset. The activities can be adapted for a variety of disciplines and are available to all faculty members.

Topics include budgeting, time-management, customer relations, industry trends, and more. You can also learn how to create your own activities and customize them specifically for your course.

Pick up a copy of the Entrepreneurial Classroom Series in the Entrepreneurship Center, or view an electronic version here:

http://libguides.wccnet.edu/entrepreneurship