A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses
On Thursday, October 24, 2019, our Career and Technical Education (CTE) division held its first Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurial Symposium. The symposium’s purpose was to provide students interested in entrepreneurship with learning opportunities and to offer students time to network with community entrepreneurs. More than 40 students from different disciplines, including accounting/finance, business, graphic design, information technology and hospitality discussed business ideas, learned about different books to read and podcasts to listen to, and exercised entrepreneurial thinking.
Students reflected on their participation:
- “I was able to learn how four entrepreneurs managed to establish their businesses by using their talents and skills.”
- “What I learned from this event was that becoming an entrepreneur is not easy. You must build discipline, good habits and be okay with failure … if you don’t quit and continue to look for opportunities you will grow and might even be directed to a better path in your journey.”
The symposium was a success thanks to the collaboration of our CTE instructors, career program advisor and entrepreneurs. Special thanks go to the following individuals:
- Stanton Reed, president, Faculty Association, and professor, business/accounting, who invited Darryle Moody, Brunello Cucinelli DSA and Neiman Marcu;
- Julio Falu, professor, graphic design, who invited Kelly Trace, chief strategist and owner of Reach, and created the event flyer;
- Nelson Placa, professor, hospitality, who invited Christi Kapp, owner of the Kapp and Kappy bed and breakfast;
- Denise Ross, professor, computer programming and analysis, who invited Michael Felix, co-founder of SFG Digital;
- Debbie Frank, professor, accounting, who created an activity to motivate accounting students to attend the event;
- Claudia Zequeira, coordinator, career program advisor, who created the agenda for the event and questions for our entrepreneurs, and served as the event moderator; and
- Ramon Velez-Cruz, faculty, New Student Experience, who created a PowerPoint presentation for the event.