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Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, & Non-Profits

Entrepreneurship Education at CCBC

In 2005, the Board of Trustees and President of CCBC identified promoting entrepreneurship education as a long-term priority and an essential part of enhancing economic development and revitalizing a community in transition.  Since that time, a One-Year Entrepreneurship Certificate (24 credits), an Associate Degree in Entrepreneurship, and 12 non-credit courses for small business owners and entrepreneurs were developed and offered to adult members of the community.  Since 2008, the College expanded its efforts and partnered with community organizations and area business owners to enhance entrepreneurship education opportunities for low income youth (ages 11 to 18) within Beaver County and to develop a pathway to post-secondary opportunities.

Courses for Business Professionals

Small Business

Small Business Start Up from A-Z OCCP38001    $119 + $20 Lab 
Learn the procedural and legal aspects of starting a business, raising capital, publicity, social media, email marketing, financial statements, sales forecasting, writing a business plan, and more.  15 Hours-5 Weeks.  Tues., 2/16-3/15, 6-9 p.m.  STC, Room 4023.





Youth Entrepreneurs

One of the keys to CCBC’s successful approach to entrepreneurship education has been to create the opportunity to introduce or expand entrepreneurial education in local school districts and to create a pathway from middle school and high school to credit and non-credit offerings at the College.

CCBC has accomplished this by engaging two key organizations within our community – the Franklin Center of Aliquippa, and Entrepreneuring Youth, a non-profit educational and entrepreneurial program that provides real life experiences in business creation so young people acquire knowledge and skills essential for academic success and economic security.

Summer Biz Camp

CCBC, Entrepreneuring Youth (E Youth) and the Franklin Center of Aliquippa sponsored two six week business camps for 34 middle and high school students in Beaver County during the months of June, July and August.  The intermediate camp, BlueSky Biz™, introduced 18 youth to the world of entrepreneurship while the Advanced Business Camp deepened the ownership experience for 16 young people who had already attended the intermediate camp last year.

The foundation of each camp was built on business ownership. Through a variety of interactive and hands-on learning activities, field trips and guest speakers, these young people discovered how a small business is created and generates profits and had the opportunity to envision themselves as founders and owners of an enterprise that they created.

“In keeping with the mission of CCBC, the Biz Camp is reaching out to the community in areas not normally serviced by our core courses and curriculum.  The involvement of middle school youth in entrepreneurship programs helps begin the pathway for business options at any point in a student’s education,” stated John Goberish, manager of CCBC’s Continuing Education Division.

From the very first day participants were highly engaged and accountable for choices which led to the opportunity to make money (and keep the profits!).  Based on interests, skills and opportunity recognition the young people selected business choices ranging from customized crafts like jewelry, healing cream and personalized greeting cards to services such as gardening, tutoring and babysitting.

During the camp, participants took part in two capstone events.

The first was a Market Day where they were able to sell their products to the public at the Beaver Valley Mall. Armed with business cards, brochures and engaging sales pitches these young people experienced the exhilaration of making a sale.

“The biggest benefit of our involvement in Biz Camp is to see the kids take an idea from abstract dream to concrete reality and to watch the dawning of recognition on their faces when they first realize that, yes, I can do this and be successful. The life skills that they walk away with at the end of camp are invaluable,” said Sandy Edwards, education director for the Franklin Center

The second event was a Business Plan Competition, held at CCBC, which let the young entrepreneurs present their business plan to judges chosen from the College, local businesses, and the community.

Three finalists were chosen from each camp and received monetary awards in recognition of their achievement. 

“The ownership experience helped these young people see how ‘my goals’ and ‘my education’ are inextricably linked. They realize just how much they already influence and control their lives.

At the end of camp, the students take away great delight from making money and great pride from creating and selling something they are passionate about and enjoy doing as a possible future career path.

“Individuals and organizations that possess an entrepreneurial mindset will be more innovative, will be more adaptable, will strive to challenge the status quo, and will create more opportunities for our region,” stated John Goberish, Manager of CCBC’s Continuing Education Division.  “Entrepreneurship is about being empowered, taking action, and creating new opportunities rather than passively waiting for opportunity to find us.”

And, CCBC is doing just that.