Wade Steenhoek, a former Des Moines Area Community College instructor and experienced businessman, was named director of Central’s new Martin Heerema Entrepreneurship Program, which began this fall. The program is meant to create what Steenhoek calls an “entrepreneurial ecosystem” at Central, allowing students to take risks, manage the results and learn from the outcomes. “At its core, entrepreneurship is about identifying a problem and solving it in a creative manner,” he says. “An ability to do that effectively is valuable in
As director of the program, Steenhoek will teach entrepreneurship courses and collaborate with students and faculty on projects. He will also work to form relationships with community partners around central Iowa to develop opportunities for Central students.
The Martin Heerema Entrepreneur-ship Program features newly designed courses in entrepreneurship and experiential learning on and off campus. “This position allows me to combine three of my passions: entrepreneurship, the energy of a college classroom and the creative problem-solving process,” says Steenhoek.