Curriculum Programs (Educate)
- Nebraska Syllabi for Entrepreneurship Courses
A set of six course syllabi was developed by the Curriculum Committee of the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force and approved by the Chief Instructional Officers of all six Nebraska Communities. These course titles and syllabi provide a common foundation for entrepreneurship instruction in the community college system. By building instruction around these syllabi, instructors are able to provide a more consistent curriculum for students enrolled anywhere in our state.
These syllabi are also being used by secondary and four-year postsecondary institutions. The syllabi are a powerful tool in articulating courses from secondary to postsecondary institutions.
EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI) is an exciting, interactive, and comprehensive curriculum project designed for youth, ages 10-19. ESI was developed by Nebraska 4-H in collaboration with a number of organizations with statewide outreach. It was written with four target audiences in mind:
- 4-H Clubs
- Middle and high schools
- Youth organizations
- Community organizations
The curriculum is ESI uses a variety of tools to help participants develop their entrepreneurial skills and find their business niche. Through exciting activities, case studies and current technology, participants are transformed into budding entrepreneurs!
- Community Connections
Community Connections is a web resource guide to help communities discover and nurture entrepreneurs. Community Connections provides tools to help communities leverage the talent and creativity of young people and to make them an active part of economic growth and vitality.
Community Connections provides free resources and a template to help communities engage youth and adults in creating a new entrepreneurial mindset and community vitality.
- National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education
The National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education were developed through an extensive literature review and series of focus groups with entrepreneurs. They describe what an entrepreneur should know and be able to do in order to be successful. The Standards are designed to describe the entire field of entrepreneurship as a lifelong learning process.
The Standards and their supporting Performance Indicators are a framework for teachers to use in building appropriate objectives, learning activities, and assessments for their target audience. Using this framework, students will have: progressively more challenging educational activities; experiences that will enable them to develop the insight needed to discover and create entrepreneurial opportunities; and the expertise to successfully start and manage their own businesses to take advantage of these opportunities.
EDGE is a source for high quality, entrepreneurial training. Since 1993, EDGE has worked with Nebraska communities to provide education to over 2,500 individuals seeking growth options for their small businesses. Through the nationally acclaimed, NxLeveL™ Education Foundation curricula, EDGE instructors help course participants test their business concepts and prepare for the business start. The EDGE course walks participants through a business plan to fine-tune management processes, key-in on successful marketing strategies, bolster financial statements and prepare for business growth and succession.