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Adjunct Professor Program Specialist

Deland, FL
March 19, 2023

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Ilona Marie Figat, *** Covey Hill Way, Deland, FL 32727

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Managed Learning Resource Center (LRC) as LRC Assistant

Assisted students with research and writing APA papers, with career search, resumes, cover letters, networking, etc.

Provided support for faculty, students and staff searching for materials in Library

Exceptional leadership and supervisory skills

Attention to detail resulting in economical and cost-effective project management

Experienced instructor teaching Business and Early Childhood Education courses

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Outstanding customer relations skills working with diverse populations of all ages

Strong computer aptitude


Strayer University – Maitland, FL - December 2016 – October 2020

Learning Resource Assistant

Delaware State University – Dover, DE – 1998 – 2016

Adjunct Professor: Entrepreneurship; University Seminar; Professional Development 2013-2016

Delaware Center for Enterprise Development (DCED) – 2000 - 2013

Director, Mobile Entrepreneurial Training – 2009 - 2013

Director, Small Business Institute - 2007 – 2013

Enterprise Consultant, 2004 – 2013

Business Analyst (General Management) 2002 – 2004

Office of Alumni Affairs - 1998 – 2000

Alumni Affairs Technician

Delaware Technical Community College – Dover, DE; October – December 2011

Adjunct Instructor – Business Administration

Corporate and Community Programs - October 2013 – May 2015

Instructor -Early Education Business Certificate Program

University of Delaware

Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood Education – 2000- 2016

Trainer – Early Childhood Education Topics


Graduate – Central DE Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program – 2007

Created, developed and directed new programs supervising staff including IT Specialist, Program Specialist, Secretary, and several student assistants

Supervised and responsible for conference and workshop planning

Member of planning committee for first childcare business conference co-sponsored with Office of Child Care Licensing, Small Business Administration, Small Business Technology Development Center, First State Community Loan Fund, Delaware’s Office of Economic Development and YWCA Women’s Center

Managed own childcare business growing it into a successful and thriving enterprise

Served as member of College of Business Leadership Task Force Committee

Supervised student teams working with small business owners under the Small Business Institute (SBI) model


Adjunct Professor – DSU – Professional Development and University Seminar

Team Teaching – Marketing Principles, DSU College of Business

Developed and presented various workshops: marketing; business plan development; and financial tips at several Entrepreneurship Conferences

Developed and presented workshop on “Aligning our Heart with Our Child Care Business” to 158 attendees at first Annual Child Care Business Conference

Certified in numerous Entrepreneurial Educational curricula serving youth and adults

Taught youth entrepreneurship to high school students throughout state

Developed and presented workshop on “Marketing” for second Annual Child Care Business Conference – 2012

Coached Child Care Providers in State Business Plan Competitions – winners 5 years

Only certified instructor in State of Delaware - Kauffman’s Developing Your Family Child Care Business 28-hour course


Wrote grant and was awarded funds to develop curriculum for early childhood educators to meet Office of Child Care Licensing new regulations

Awarded funds ($250,000) for a total of 3 years to develop and direct Mobile Entrepreneurial Training (MET) program

Awarded ($100,000) for developing a Go Green Program and expanding MET program

Served as speaker at several state entrepreneurship conference

Developed partnerships with other state agencies

Prepared news releases on success stories and programs developed by DCED

Intermittently managed Center’s web page and Newsletter

Developed curriculum, facilitated workshops and trained trainers

Designed brochures, workbooks and other desktop publishing material


Owned a successful nationally accredited family childcare business

Assisted clients in business policies, administrative systems, marketing, and developing organizational strategies with strong emphasis on business plan development

Initiated and served as Director for Entrepreneurship Summer Day Camp for Middle School Students

Instrumental in getting a kitchen incubator funded and operational

Established and directed Small Business Institute® (SBI) matching undergraduate students with small business owners to develop case studies and formulate solutions

Instituted and facilitated on-going entrepreneurial program for residents of the House of Pride, a chemically dependent residential facility, and the Morris Correctional Center

Developed and managed a Mobile Entrepreneurial Training classroom equipped with high-tech computers and WiFi to bring training to rural and underserved areas

Instituted a Child Care Business program educating caregivers in business aspects of running a childcare business and developing a business plan and parent handbook


Collected, organized, and manipulated data for statistical analysis

Assessed community needs by researching demographics and economic data

Monitored and prepared several active budgets

Developed and responsible for maintaining database of clients

Performed cost analysis and evaluation of division programs and systems

Continually investigated revenue opportunities to increase Center’s return on investment


M.B.A -Delaware State University (DSU), Dover, DE – 2008

B.S. Business Administration – DSU - Magna Cum Laude - 2002

School of Management Scholar; Past President of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society

Member of Pinnacle Honor Society – DSU

A.S. Business Administration - Dean’s List, Raritan Valley Community College - 1989


Awarded “Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator” Award at 2011 National Forum for Entrepreneurship Education Conference – November 2011

1st Place winner of Business Plan Competition at National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Georgetown University – May 2006

Bronze Award – International Association of Business (IABC) First State Communications Award – June 2003

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