Lorain County Community College is one of six colleges nationally, and the only one in Ohio, to be chosen to participate in an innovative program that provides intellectual property curriculum for entrepreneurs at the undergraduate level. The program is a partnership through the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and the Michelson 20M Foundation.
“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,” LCCC Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic and Learner Services Jonathan Dryden said. “The new course material will help entrepreneurs of all ages to understand the importance of intellectual property protection.”
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,” LCCC assistant professor of business and law Lee Kolczun said.
NACCE and Michelson 20MM have selected Santa Monica College to lead the development of a master syllabus and a course cartridge comprised of 38 digital course modules to help support additional participating faculty. The course cartridge is supported by a variety of learning management systems (LMSs), including Canvas.
Santa Monica College introduced the intellectual property content in its business courses during the summer, and mentor the participating community colleges during this fall term. The colleges are adapting these materials for their respective courses. Curriculum is based on Michelson 20MM’s free textbook “The Intangible Advantage: Understanding Intellectual Property in the New Economy.”
For more information, visit http://www.nacce.com or contact assistant professor Lee Kolczun at firstname.lastname@example.org.