Preparing Future Business and Entrepreneurial Leaders

The Business and Entrepreneurship Sector of the California Community Colleges supports business and entrepreneurship educators through a network of Regional Directors for Employer Engagement.  These Regional Directors work with businesses and educators to ensure college curriculum and training programs are meeting the needs of business and industry.  The goal is to ensure students not only receive the technical skills they need to succeed in whatever Career Education path they choose, but also the business and entrepreneurship skills to prepare them to become future entrepreneurial leaders in the workplace or in their own businesses.

Explore resources and best practices for business and entrepreneurship education.

Externship Opportunities

The California Community Colleges Workforce and Economic Development Program Business and Entrepreneurship Sector is seeking applications for the following two student internship/faculty externship projects:

Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Student Internship/faculty externship project

  • Seeking 15 colleges to place student interns/faculty externs (coaches) at Nasdaq Startup Companies across the state

Governor’s Office DOD Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) CASCADE Grant student internship/faculty externship project

  • Seeking 10 colleges to place student interns/faculty externs (coaches) at DoD Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I, II, or III firms to assist the firms with cybersecurity readiness/compliance and assist with commercialization of the SBIR firm’s proposed innovations.

Please click here for more information about these RFA Opportunities.

Business and Entrepreneurship Curriculum Development

Nearly every community college in California provides coursework or program offerings to educate entrepreneurs and/or business owners. Since Business and Entrepreneurship is not limited to one industry sector, the coursework and programs being developed can cross almost every discipline.

The Business and Entrepreneurship 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.

  • Entrepreneurship Curriculum Library – A comprehensive library of over 15 different entrepreneurship curriculums from best-in-class organizations, such as the Kauffman Foundation. 
  • EShip Educator Curriculum Resource Sharing Website – This website has been developed by the Business & Entrepreneurship Sector 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.
  • Program and Course Approval Handbook – The complete course approval handbook from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. 
  • Previous Projects
    • Faculty Entrepreneurship Champion Mini Grants RFA for FY 18-19The Business & Entrepreneurship Sector is seeking applications for ten $7,500 Faculty Entrepreneurship Champion Mini Grants for projects in the following areas (Click here to download a copy of the Request for Applications):
      • Embedding/Infusing business/entrepreneurship curriculum into existing Career Technical Education (CTE) classes and programs.
      • Creation of credit, non-credit and not-for-credit business/entrepreneurship courses and programs (e.g. stackable certificates, badges, low-unit certificates, certificates of achievement, or AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees).
      • Creation of entrepreneurship pathways from middle school, high school, community college, four year universities and development of articulation agreements associated with these pathways.
      • Business and entrepreneurship related experiential learning opportunities such as setting up student run businesses, entrepreneurship centers, student business clubs, business incubators, accelerators, makerspaces, co-working spaces, internship programs, or business pitch competitions.
    • Final Report 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 Business & Entrepreneurship Sector will roll out a Self-employment Pathways in the Gig Economy at colleges across the state. For more info, contact Charles Eason at 707-863-7846.

Professional Development

Grant Opportunities

Coming Soon – Watch for an RFA for colleges to participate in a Governor’s Office DoD Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) student internship grant project. The RFA is expected to be released in December.