Sector: Small Business
Project Description: The project intends to regionally align community college business curriculum. This will allow the creation of a method to identify coursework in the same way from college to college. In addition, the curriculum will be aligned not only with the community colleges, but also with our K-12 partners, universities, and industry partners. The purpose behind this is to provide business and industry a more qualified and robust workforce base, giving employers the certainty that the entry level employees will have the skills they need. It also ensures that transfer students will meet the prerequisite requirements for future courses. Curriculum alignment also increases student’s portability between community colleges and guarantees they receive credit for completed coursework, decreases duplication of effort, and increases their ability to complete a pathway. This project includes the development of an 18-unit regional credit and/or non-credit Entrepreneur Certificate program, which will incorporate various stages of entrepreneurship (explorers, beginners, and experienced). Also included will be the development and/or adoption of “Gig” Economy course modules, such as direct selling, social media marketing, sales courses, and introduction to customer relationship management software. Training specifically for Non-Profit organizations will be developed, as this was identified as a skills gap by our industry partners.
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