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Community College Entrepreneurship Courses go Hybrid with HP LIFE



There are many models of online learning, with new approaches in the news every time you turn around. One of the most fascinating trends are hybrid models that combine open, self-paced, online experiences (MOOC’s or otherwise) with on-ground cohorts of students enrolled in a bricks-and-mortar institution for credit. One example is the adoption of the HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE)…


Through a partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, the HP LIFE content has already been adopted in more than 35 Community Colleges across the US – and it’s beginning to spark a new excitement and skillset in their students.


One example is in North Carolina. From Jeanne Yocum’s blog post, “An Entreprenerial Mindset Is Helping a North Carolina Community College Revive Its Local Economy



Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) in Hickory, North Carolina, is a prime example of an institution that has enthusiastically embraced an entrepreneurial mindset. Garrett Hinshaw is president at CVCC and also the incoming chair of the North Carolina Community College Presidents Association...


“My role as a community college president is to make every effort to inspire entrepreneurship and make sure it’s a priority for all of our programs here at Catawba Valley Community College,” Hinshaw adds. “Part of that is bringing in innovative programs like HP LIFE e-Learning that can help students learn business and IT skills and turn their business ideas into realities. Good IT skills and knowledge are critical to effectively managing and growing a business. IT affects every part of a company from bringing products and services to market quickly to interacting with customers. HP LIFE e-Learning is just one example of the incredible role technology is playing in fueling learning, business and community development and economic growth.”





Their model is to incorporate HP LIFE modules in their entrepreneurship courses – and all indications are that the approach is working very well!




Congratulations to the faculty at CVCC for inspiring a new wave of entrepreneurs…











Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Global Education Program Manager
Corporate Affairs

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  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
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