Cape Gazette

Delmarva community colleges create historic collaboration for business and job growth

First symposium for area manufacturers, entrepreneurs Oct. 25
Oct 11, 2012

By way of introducing a new initiative of business and job growth, as well as increasing the public’s awareness about technology transfer, a symposium is being held at four convenient community college locations throughout the Delmarva region during the months of October and November 2012.

Resulting from a historic partnership among the Delmarva Peninsula’s four community colleges, the symposium promises to have a significant impact on improving the economic environment in the three-state region that includes Delaware along with portions of Maryland and Virginia.

Participating community colleges include Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md.; the Dover and Georgetown campuses of Delaware Technical Community College; Eastern Shore Community College in Mefla, Va.; and Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Md.. Also contributing to the initiative is the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit economic development organization with a mission to advance the creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The developing initiative, known as the Delmarva Technology Transfer Initiative, is being created by the partnership in an effort to increase the access and subsequent commercialization of new product technology throughout the region. Targeted to area manufacturers and entrepreneurs, the initiative involves a professional training program that will be jointly offered by the participating community colleges in an effort to increase the use of technology and innovation.

The federal government and its agencies spend billions each year on research and development, a great deal of which never derives commercial value or public benefit. Technology transfer is the process of moving results of scientific research from federal laboratories and universities to the marketplace and society.  The main aim of technology transfer is to take fundamental scientific discoveries and innovations that already exist and make them into marketable products so businesses can generate new avenues of revenue, become more successful and create more jobs, while the general public at large benefits from the research as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The symposium will be held four times, starting at 8:30 a.m. each time, Thursday, Oct. 25, at Chesapeake College; Friday, Oct. 26, at the Georgetown campus of Delaware Technical Community College; Thursday, Nov. 8, at Wor-Wic Community College; and Friday, Nov. 9, at Eastern Shore Community College.

The three-hour symposium includes lunch.  Registration fee is $10 per person. Speakers will include experts in commercialization and technology transfer as well as executives from businesses who have already reaped the rewards of technology transfer.

Registrations can be made online at Phone registrations will also be accepted by calling the desired college location of choice: Chesapeake College, 410-827-5833; Delaware Technical Community College, 302-856-5400, Ext.1764; Eastern Shore Community College, 757-789-7979; or Wor-Wic Community College, 410-334-2815.


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