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Spring 2023 Academic Catalog 
Spring 2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Entrepreneurial Studies, Skill Set

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Katie Roeher, Business Department Coordinator

Program Purpose

  • Promote the concept of owning a business as a viable alternative to working in one
  • Integrate entrepreneurial skill course(s) into a broad cross-section of Pierpont programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Skill Set Completers will be able to successfully prepare and perform the basics of selecting, planning, and launching an entrepreneurial adventure of their own choosing.


More than 200,000 small businesses indicate that entrepreneurs, innovators and small business owners play an important role in the economy of West Virginia.

Entrepreneurs create jobs and wealth that support the local economy; therefore quality entrepreneurial education has the potential to increase economic growth. An article in the December 2007/January 2008 Community College Journal, “Lessons In Self-Made Success” written by Stuart Rosenfeld and Erik Pages states the following:

“The demand for and value of entrepreneurship programs increasingly is apparent. With so many factory jobs outsourced, with opportunities emerging in new sectors, and with values changing, community colleges can help the country get back to its entrepreneurial roots. As the prospects for a stable single career with one company gradually disappear, young people are recognizing that their futures will depend on their ability to be creative, innovative, flexible, and entrepreneurial.”

Notice to All Students

  • Annual Notification: All career and technical education courses and programs are offered at Pierpont regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.
  • Advanced Skill Set and Skill Set programs do not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an associate or certificate degree in which the skill set and advanced skill set courses are embedded.
  • Students are reminded to review campus policies and procedures as stated in the catalog.

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