Renovated areas to bring additional manufacturing, entrepreneurial opportunities

A correspondent

   The Campana Center’s phase two renovation is on target to meet the proposed April 17 completion date. Phase one, began in February 2016, added 10,000 square feet of space to the Patsie C. Campana, Sr. Engineering & Development Center. The 2014 Small Campus Grants Initiative supports this $5 million project with ongoing support from private donors like the Campana family.

   The purpose of the Campana renovation is to create areas that support ideation (light bulb moments), including flexible collaboration spaces, project pods and virtual reality labs with capability for teams to hold holographic design reviews. One new community program, Fab Fridays, is already available. Every fourth Friday of the month, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Fab Lab has a free activity to create an individual work in a cooperative group setting. All are welcome to learn and participate.

  Laura Carissimi, LCCC’s Purchasing and Facility Planning Director, said, “The new area will be a collaboration space physically joining the Nord Center to Campana; essentially providing synergy between the Arts & Humanities and Engineering departments.” Relocation of NEO LaunchNet to this site will provide another vital link. Other resources to be located in the Campana Center include: LCCC’s Fab Lab, the second maker’s space in the U.S., according to Sherry Lassiter, director of the Fab Foundation.

LCCC’s Fab Lab features state-of-the- art digital manufacturing labs filled with high-tech equipment for fabrication, automation, 3d printing and more. The Fab Lab is surrounded by collaboration space and services that facilitate the full spectrum of product development from idea to prototyping, through assembly and packaging.

“The new center affords us the opportunity to extend our digital fabrication capabilities into manufacturing, to provide industry resources for product design, development and prototyping,” said Kelly Zelesnik, academic dean of Engineering, Business & Information Technologies at LCCC. Hands-on education for students (through college courses and K-12 programs), will be offered in this space and community inventors, entrepreneurs, and existing companies will have access to cutting-edge digital manufacturing capabilities.

  E-Cubed, which stands for Empowering Entrepreneurs through Education, is another available service. Those who are serious about their business dreams becoming a reality, can learn to navigate the entrepreneurial obstacles in the Campana Center. E-Cubed students also gain access to an IBIS World report (a marketing report that provides insight into the past, present, and future performance of their industry), a fee-free business account at workshop sponsor Chemical Bank for one year, and a three-month membership to the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce. Asset protection is the next step after the ideation and production phases are completed by the entrepreneur. Intellectual property (IP) is a valuable commodity, and information about safeguarding IP is available on campus.

  LCCC is one of six colleges nationally, and the only one in Ohio, that participates in an innovative program providing intellectual property curriculum for entrepreneurs.  “As we inspire our students and members of the Lorain County community to unleash their entrepreneurial creativity through our Campana Center for Ideation and Invention, it is important for us also to educate them about ways to protect the intellectual property they develop,” said Dr. Jonathan Dryden, the LCCC Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic and Learner Services. “The new course material will help entrepreneurs of all ages to understand the importance of intellectual property protection.” The curriculum includes information on patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. “When entrepreneurs know what’s protected, the more they will be willing to pursue the field of their endeavor,” according to LCCC assistant professor of business and law, Lee Kolczun.