Press release: Ivy Tech and NSWC Crane unveil DoD online learning modules for small businesses

The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian:

(Bloomington, IN, April 24, 2024) – Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington (Ivy Tech Bloomington) in partnership with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), today unveiled a series of free online learning modules aimed at small businesses and entrepreneurs with the goal of increasing their ability to engage with various entities within the Department of Defense (DoD).

The multi-part course entitled Federal Lab Technology Transfer for Beginnersis designed to show users how to work with Federal Laboratories and Technology Transfer Offices to develop and grow their small businesses.

“We believe this will be a valuable tool for small businesses,” explained Steve Bryant, executive director of the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College. “Ideally, it will help enable companies understand the various processes involved and how to better work within the government ecosystem.”

This is a beginner’s guide to understanding the many benefits of utilizing Technology Transfer in a business or startup. Participants will learn about licensing federally developed patented technology as well as learning the process of collaborating with a Federal Lab’s scientists and engineers. The course will also provide insight from entrepreneurs who have utilized Technology Transfer.   “Our goal is to make government-developed technology more accessible for use and licensing by the private sector,” said Maria Duran, director of technology transfer (T2) at NSWC Crane.

NSWC Crane selected Ivy Tech Bloomington to partner on this effort due the college’s vast experience creating and implementing online learning modules. Ivy Tech is the nation’s largest singly accredited community college system and has been offering online courses for more than two decades. Additionally, the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington has a track record of working closely with small businesses in the Uplands region by providing a suite of free services to bolster their ability to succeed.

The learning modules were made possible with a grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

View video: Overview of Federal Lab Technology for Beginners

To register for the online course: Click Here

About Ivy Tech Community College  Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on FacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn.

About NSWC Crane NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with mission areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electromagnetic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today’s Warfighter.

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