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Kent State's Blackstone LaunchPad Summer “Build It” Series Assist Faculty/Staff To Develop New Skill-Sets

Posted Jun. 9, 2014

Lunchtime brown bag workshops open to all

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Kent State University’s Blackstone LaunchPad program
will offer eight free workshops this summer as part of its
"Build It" lunchtime series. Faculty and staff can learn how
to build their own websites and other hard skills at these

Kent State University’s Blackstone LaunchPad program will offer eight free workshops this summer to Kent State faculty and staff who are interested in learning skills that can be applied to their personal or professional development.

From learning how to build a website to understanding strategies for ideation, workshop participants will be able to tailor what they learned to various applications including classroom, departmental, business or personal needs. Blackstone LaunchPad staff members will review the latest tools and technology that can help faculty and staff work efficiently and save money.

The Blackstone LaunchPad program’s summer “Build It” series will be offered on Tuesdays, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Blackstone LaunchPad program office, located on the first floor of the Kent Student Center, next to the University Bookstore. The workshops are free, but participants are requested to pre-register at this link. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch and their own laptop if they would like personal assistance on incorporating specific content (text and/or photos) for those relevant topics. No prior experience or technology background is required for the workshops, and most participants will be able to build their own project within the hourlong session.

2014 Blackstone LaunchPad “Build It” Series Schedule:

June 10: Learn how to create infographics or visual dashboards to showcase metrics and data for maximum impact

June 24: Learn how to build your own website

July 1: Learn idea generation strategies for your class or business

July 8: Learn how to create quick print and video graphics

July 22: Learn how to build your own crowdfunding campaign

July 29:  Learn how to build a business plan for your research, organizational or business needs

Aug. 12: Learn how to create your own blog

Aug. 19:  Learn how to use social media effectively for your classroom, organizational or business needs

For more information, contact Blackstone LaunchPad at 330-672-6700 or

Kent State’s Blackstone LaunchPad promotes entrepreneurship as a viable career path. Through mentoring, workshops and events, and connecting entrepreneurs to resources, Blackstone LaunchPad helps Kent State students, faculty, staff and alumni to create new startups or grow existing businesses in Northeast Ohio.

For more information about Kent State’s Blackstone LaunchPad program, visit