This Trailblazing Program Shaped the Ice House Middle School Edition

September 21, 2021

There’s growing evidence about the teaching strategies and learning approaches that work best for middle schoolers. Researchers highlight early adolescence as a time of collaboration, curiosity, and choice. The plasticity of the teenage brain makes middle school a prime opportunity for instilling an entrepreneurial mindset. And social studies teacher Dave Cross at Strong Vincent Middle School in Erie, Pennsylvania, knows a thing or two about that.  Innovating in Erie’s Public Schools In 2017, Cross and…

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Categories: Student Completion, Student Engagement, Student Success

Walking Across the Bridge to High School with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

August 18, 2021

  At Perry Middle School in Perry, Ohio, students’ transition to high school is marked by a unique ceremony: They walk across the bridge between the two buildings to symbolize their advancement from one learning environment to the next.  The district of 1,800 students started implementing entrepreneurship courses at the high school level six years ago. A group of teachers and administrators soon realized that younger students could benefit from a similar program.  “We talked…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Potential, Student Engagement, Student Success

Shaping Schools’ Futures Through an Entrepreneurial Mindset

August 13, 2021

  Dr. Jacob Pittroff teaches at two historic schools in eastern Missouri, both of which face similar recruitment challenges—and both of which have an entrepreneurial mindset that starts at the top.  Christian Brothers College High School (CBC), founded in 1850, is an all-male, Catholic college preparatory high school with more than 800 students. A few miles to the north lies the main campus of Lindenwood University, founded in 1827. Lindenwood has nearly 7,400 undergraduate and…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Student Completion, Student Engagement, Student Success, Uncategorized

Summertime Lessons in Early Entrepreneurship

June 23, 2021

  Driving through residential streets at the height of summer, you’ll often see the hallmarks of youth entrepreneurship. These could be a lemonade stand, a lawn mowing crew, a babysitter at a playground.  For tweens and teens looking to earn extra money over the summer, these classic pursuits may not seem like anything special. But all it takes is a little reframing for them to start to realize that they’re engaged in the form of…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Student Engagement, Student Success

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Launching Tarrant County College Students on a Path Toward Entrepreneurship

June 4, 2021

  Lourdes Ramboa is the Faculty and Chair for the Business and Entrepreneurship Programs at Tarrant County College, with 60,000 students at campuses across the Fort Worth area in Texas. With nearly 250 students this year, the college’s Entrepreneurship Program is one of the largest of its kind in the United States—and Ramboa is justifiably proud of its success. But if she could slip away from the “Business” connection, she would do it in a…

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Categories: Entrepreneurship Education, Student Engagement, Student Success

Pulling Students Off the Conveyor Belt Ride Through Life

May 6, 2021

Throughout the past eight years, Professor Lisa Banks has used the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program with more than 800 students at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. They always come away from her courses with information they will use in their lives. Even if they discover that they’re not a good fit for a career running their own business. Banks herself has lived out the definition of entrepreneurship as the self-directed pursuit of opportunities to…

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Categories: Entrepreneurship Education, Human Potential, Student Completion, Student Success

A New Way for Young Adults to Gain Real-World Entrepreneurial Experiences

April 17, 2021

Summer learning slide—the academic regression students experience during the months long break from school—has long been a concern for parents and educators. For instance, the average student loses a month of learning in a typical year, and pandemic-related disruptions have heightened that loss. And, increased social responsibilities, summer jobs, and questions about their future make the Summer learning slide all the more real for young adults. Summer school is an option for some. However, some…

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Categories: Student Completion, Student Engagement, Student Success

An Entrepreneurial Mindset Blossoms Among Cleveland-Area Students

April 15, 2021

    When homeowners look for outdoor improvements in Gates Mills, Ohio, they might choose Cutting Edge Landscaping, a company run by student entrepreneurs.  A vendor looking for a product video or an athlete who needs a recruiting film might turn to Dunlevy Productions, a company founded by another high schooler.  Or a nonprofit like the Cleveland Food Bank or Special Olympics might receive a monetary donation from a student donating proceeds from their business.…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Student Engagement, Student Success

Gary Schoeniger’s Commencement Address, Pierpont Community & Technical College, 2019

May 31, 2019

  How Underdogs Win How do underdogs win? This is a question I’ve been pursuing for more than 25 years. How do those who have no particular advantage in life—those who may not be particularly brilliant or creative, those who may not come from privileged backgrounds, those who may not have advanced degrees—manage to rise above their circumstances to create meaningful and prosperous lives? My thought was that if I could somehow understand what makes…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Redefining Entrepreneurship, Student Engagement, Student Success