Yet another college debuts an entrepreneur specialty, furthers national trend

business-entrepreneur-collegeA new program at Western Technical College will teach aspiring business owners how to plan for, nurture and manage a start-up–a trend that’s taking colleges across the U.S. by storm.

Western officials announced plans this month for a two-course Entrepreneurship Certificate, and the first class is scheduled to begin fall semester. Classes are open to students of all disciplines who are interested in attaining the know-how and entrepreneurial mindset they might need to succeed in the risky world of small business ownership, said Josh Gamer, associate dean of Western’s business division.

“You can succeed if you put the effort forth and plan accordingly,” Gamer said.

About half of new businesses fail within the first five years, and only one in three survive 10 years or longer, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Western officials want to help students and local entrepreneurs beat the national trend, giving them the tools needed to pursue their own ideas for a business. The classes will also teach students what they don’t know, said Shannon Corcoran, instructor for the certificate program.

“It really helps them to understand what skill they might be missing,” Corcoran said.

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