Lorain County Community College had revealed the finishing additions and renaming of the Dolore Jeneé Campana Center for Ideation and Invention with an open house and a presentation by Luke Williams, author of “Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to spark Transformation in Your Business.”
The Campana Center, was first opened back in 2001, had recently underwent a 10,000-ft expansion, including new lab and equipment gear. The restoration was made possible through a private/public partnership that included nearly twenty federal, state and philanthropic sponsors of the project. The upgrade includes enhanced equipment and labs to provide students/ business an industry and the community greater access to tools and resources designed to stimulate new inventions, foster industry growth and support education and workforce development.
“This opens up our minds to what is possible. That is what the Campana Center is all about,” said Vice President of Strategic and Institutional Development Trac
y Green. “Art students can work with engineering students can collaborate because we know ideas are everywhere. You don’t have to be an expert on a specific field to take advantage of the opportunity.” The purpose of upgrading the center is to position our region for new economic opportunities for the entire county of Lorain. “Getting connected and engaged. All the assets are here for the taking,” Green added.
The Campana Center offers business and industry access to equipment designed to enhance competitiveness without making a huge investment. The partnerships resulted in a direct alignment between industry-needs programs in Blockchain, Industrial Internet of Things, Cyber security and Data Analytics. Specialized resources in the Center include a digital manufacturing line, industrial 3D printing lab, and virtual reality cave.
“The Campana Center is Northeast Ohio’s Manufacturing Marketplace, offering companies a one-stop solution not only to equipment, but to the services and talent nee
ded to grow their enterprise,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. LCCC, in partnership with local industry, recently launched an Applied Science in Digital Fabrication tools for tasks such as prototyping, Proof-of-concept exploration, and rapid tooling.
Community members, including inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and educators, also have access to the Center’s greatly expanded Fab Lab maker-space. “This Center will be a place that inspires anyone who steps into dream, create, to build, and most importantly to see the connection between building a prototype and a company around it,” said Dr. Ballinger.
The Fab Foundation, a non-profit based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Bits and Atoms, designated LCCC’s Fab Lab as a Super Lab during today’s program. LCCC’s Fab Lab qualified for the designation due to the level of offerings, capabilities and commitment to providing community access through LCCC’s Fab Lab. The Fab Lab is open to the community about 35 hours per week, offers custom workshops, STEAM Maker camps and programming for K-12 youth.
For more information on the Campana Center, visit www.lorainccc.edu/campana or call (440) 366-7866.