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Welcome to the course, Be the Boss. This tool is designed to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit and is dedicated to those with the courage and the vision to independently provide new products and services that support our economy.
In Modules 1-4, you will find a variety of teaching aids to make your learning experience a positive one. These include audio prompts, end-of-section knowledge checks, and badges that mark your progress through 21 interactive mini-modules. After completing each mini-module, you’ll get an assessment of your responses, so you can see, in real-time, areas that may need additional work.
Module 5 – Developing Your Business Plan – is the capstone of this coursework. The module guides you through the business development process with a template that, when completed, will be a draft of your business plan. This will be an authentic, original plan design, useful for starting your business as you share it with key partners committed to your success.
1. Montgomery County Community College
In today’s market, entrepreneurial spirit is more than being a business owner—although that’s part of the equation, too. Employers increasingly expect their employees to think entrepreneurially when developing ideas and solving problems. To meet the needs of aspiring entrepreneurs as well as an existing workforce that thinks outside the box, a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program was awarded to Pennsylvania’s Community Colleges, with Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) appointed as grant administrator.
In order to meet this commitment, a select team of Montgomery County Community College educators collaborated with experienced instructional technology experts to design a robust online learning program delivers on the promise of the grant: for users to improve (or expand upon) their business and entrepreneurship skill-set. Value-added features of the program include the ability for users to generate an actual business plan that can be presented to a college or university in order to obtain Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit, as well as a targeted case study that explores, in depth, the establishment of a business in the energy industry.
This initiative was developed by Montgomery County Community College’s Dean of Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives (BEI) and Interim Assistant Dean of BEI, who also served as Subject Matter Expert and Lead Course Designer. Brookwood Media Arts (www.brookwood.com) and many others also lent their expertise to bring this initiative to fruition. www.mc3.edu.
2. Sustainable Solutions Corporation
Tad Radzinski, Co-founder and President of Sustainable Solutions Corporation (SSC) and recognized industry leader, served as the Subject Matter Expert for the Energy Case Study that is part of this program. With 30 years of practical experience, he has been a trusted advisor for Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries. Tad has assisted clients with the development and integration of corporate responsibility and sustainable product innovation programs. His company, SSC, has developed and implemented programs and activities that resulted in over 50 buildings receiving ENERGY STAR and LEED certification, saving customers and building owners millions of dollars in operating costs. Tad has certified close to 30 buildings to the LEED rating systems, including New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell, LEED for Homes, and LEED for Existing Buildings Standards. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University teaching graduate classes in Principles of Sustainable Development, Sustainable Manufacturing, and Advanced Life Cycle Assessment and Introduction to Sustainable Product Design, and Sustainable Buildings and Operations.
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act amended the Trade Act of 1974 to authorize the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program. On March 30, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, which included $2 billion over four years to fund the TAACCCT program.
TAACCCT provides community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the TAA for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations. Through these multi-year grants, the United States Department of Labor is helping to ensure that our nation's institutions of higher education are helping adults succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment, while also meeting the needs of employers for skilled workers. The Department of Labor is implementing the TAACCCT program in partnership with the Department of Education. www.doleta.gov/taaccct.
4. Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges
Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges serve students from every county of the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges is a volunteer membership association for Pennsylvania's community colleges. Its members include college presidents, boards of trustees members, and key college administrators. The Commission represents the interests and advocates the collective needs of the community colleges to federal and state policymakers. www.pacommunitycolleges.org.
Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges are: Community College of Allegheny County; Community College of Beaver County; Bucks County Community College; Butler County Community College; Delaware County Community College; HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College; Lehigh Carbon Community College; Luzerne County Community College; Montgomery County Community College; Northampton Community College; Pennsylvania Highlands Community College; Community College of Philadelphia; Reading Area Community College; and Westmoreland County Community College.
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