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Program Overview

Two new courses that will bring the entrepreneurial mindset to the classroom will be introduced in January for the spring semester at Lawrence Technological University, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Coleman Foundation of Chicago.  The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaker focusing primarily on the Midwest.  Foundation resources support cancer care, treatment and research; disability services; and education – with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship. In 1981, the Foundation began to question why individuals are encouraged to “get a job” rather than to create one.  Since that time the Foundation has committed over $42 million to promote the option of self-employment, improve the quality of entrepreneurship education, and help create a new generation of business owners.


Coleman Course Descriptions

Design and Entrepreneurship

College of Architecture
Developed by Peter Beaugard
History of design in Detroit, current local design entrepreneurs and the use of digital fabrication to bring ideas from concept to completion more quickly.


Creative Entrepreneurship

College of Arts and Sciences
Developed by Karen Evans
A project-based course, it will direct students in the completion of a business plan.

Digital Entrepreneurship

College of Architecture and Design
Developed by James Stevens
It will assist architects in fabricating buildings on the screen and using the renderings to establish cost, construction, and materials needs for proposals and project management.

Senior Project in Computer Science

College of Arts and Sciences
Developed by Ghassan Azar
This course will integrate an understanding of entrepreneurship by simulating creating a company, preparing proposals, estimating costs, and understanding basic business principles.

Special Topics in Creative Writing: Themed Poetry and Chapbooks, From Drafting to Polishing and Publishing

College of Arts and Sciences
Developed by Sara Lamers
For this module, students will learn about various forms of publication as well as understand the merits of peer-reviewed publishing versus self-publishing. Students will gain an understanding of innovative and creative thinking. Students will submit at least one piece of work for publication.

2011 Fellows

2011 Coleman Fellows

Pictured from left: James Stevens, Suzanne Levine, and Ghassan Azar with Don Reimer.

2010 Fellows

2010 Coleman Fellows

Pictured from left: Karen Evans and Peter Beaugard (pictured with Don Reimer, program director, center) began their fellowships in 2010.

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