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MCCC Entrepreneurial Master Class Provides Realistic View of the Business World

01/26/18


Master Class

Members of MCCC's first Entrepreneurial Master Class, from left: Kaisha Gayle, Taiquan Person, Hanness Cocco, Chijioke Eusebus Ibe, Nelly Aranibar, Celeste Shamma, Simon Nynens (instructor), Justin Ellis, Andy Diuedonne, and Julius Bailey.

WEST WINDSOR – Armed with a new set of tools and a fresh perspective on the business world, members of Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) first Entrepreneurial Master Class, organized by the Division of Innovation, Online Education and Student Success, emerged with a better understanding of what it takes to launch a successful career – and it all begins with selling the person they see in the mirror each morning.

“There was a lot of good information on how to become an entrepreneur, a lot of facts, a lot of details,” said student Kaisha Gayle, a Cybersecurity major. “It gives me the confidence to go out and work for a company, then go out on my own.”

With students representing each MCCC academic division, the Entrepreneurial Master Class was created as an experiential opportunity where participants engaged in interactive sessions mirroring real-world situations. The class was led by Simon Nynens, who volunteered his time. He serves as chairman and CEO of Wayside Technology Group of Eatontown, N.J., a global information technology firm.

“When you go into a business situation, you have to answer the question ‘why’,” Nynens said. “You need to relate how you can add value to a company. When you come in, you must have a presence.”

Each meeting of the four-session master class focused on the participants as individuals, and how to market themselves and their ideas. To be accepted, students were required to submit a resume, a one-page letter of interest and a LinkedIn profile. Following each of the sessions, students worked with success coaches and engaged in networking opportunities.

In addition, those completing the class received a certificate of completion, a letter of recommendation, and joined Nynens' LinkedIn networking group.

Networking, Nynens said, is a key to success in business.

“Feel free to reach out to each other, help each other,” Nynens told the group. “I guarantee you, students at the Ivy Leagues are helping each other. When you are just sitting with your friends and challenging each other, then you are helping each other just a little bit.”

Gayle said that creating those networks – and being prepared – was her biggest takeaway from the class. Specifically, she said, was the session on “the elevator pitch” – the brief speech you develop to sell yourself or your idea that can be recited during the typical elevator ride.

“That helped me a lot,” she said. “You have to be prepared to answer really random questions.”

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