Springfield Technical Community College, 2007 - $29,500
Springfield Technical Community College's Entrepreneurial Institute offers a two-year associates degree in Small Business Entrepreneurship as well as a one-year certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies. With funding from NCIIA in 2002, the college successfully developed an honors colloquium (Entrepreneurship: Concept to Commercialization).
This grant further builds on STCC's current offerings by helping infuse entrepreneurship education across the curriculum. This grant funds a new course, Entrepreneurship: Where Art Meets Engineering. The core focus of the course will be on the process of innovation, and will serve as a vehicle for engaging students from across academic divisions to think holistically. The course will promote independent learning and self-direction within the framework of E-Team parameters.
Springfield Technical Community College is developing a new course,
E-Tech E-Teams, to generate student E-Teams. Within the course, E-Teams conduct research on engineering technologies and analyze the findings; carry out experiments in product development; and then identify, create, and market new products. The content of the course curriculum includes mathematics, written/oral communication, historical aspects of design, scientific principles and business knowledge. E-Teams work with entrepreneurs from the on-campus technology business incubator in the areas of telecommunications and optics. The courses and materials developed at STCC are used as the basis for a model for a technical entrepreneurship curriculum to be offered to a consortium of State Community Colleges.