Members of local businesses and community members gathered Oct. 3 at Lorain County Community College to see how the Patsie C, and Dolores Jenee Campana Center for Ideation and Invention has expanded to offer a myriad of tools that help bring ideas to life.
The open house also included a presentation by Luke Williams, author of "Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business."
The Roy and Bobbi Church Visionary Leadership Institute sponsored the event which took place in the Campana Center and the Spitzer Conference Center at LCCC, 1005 Abbe Road in Elyria.
The expansion of the Campana Center added 10,000 feet to the building along with lab and equipment upgrades.
Renovation was made possible through a private/public partnership that included nearly 20 federal, state and philanthropic sponsors of the project, according to a news release from LCCC.
The equipment and labs in the center are for students, business and industry and the community, so they have greater access to tools and resources designed to stimulate new ideas.
“As the community’s college, we focus on preparing individuals for in-demand jobs and filling the talent gaps of employers,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger. “In this era of rapid technological change, we need to also play a significant role in helping local companies stay competitive by adopting new technologies for greater productivity and to open up new market opportunities.”