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With Spring underway, several new opportunities have developed within our tech park. The events we have hosted have brought growth potential to the technology park, to NSWC Crane, as well as to the region. There is awareness in all we have to offer, while new prospects rest on the horizon.


Many diverse events were held at WestGate Academy this April, but educational development gained traction. The Academy hosted the 31st Team Crane Science and Engineering Fair in April, where 120 junior high and high school students competed from 9 different schools.


We hosted another education event that exceeded local students' expectations. They were shown what regional opportunities are available after high school. The Career & Technical Education Summit enriched area students' knowledge in future college and university careers.


Our reach has not only been expanded through events like these, but has also expanded through increased Internet initiatives. The Academy's boosted effort to expand social media presence has paid off. In April alone, our posts on six social media outlets have made an impression, or have reached nearly 10,000 people. What we have created has been seen throughout the region, the state, and even worldwide. Our social content has impacted more people in April than anytime previously in our online history.


This increased social media presence tells our audience they can engage with who we are and what we are doing. They can now fully participate with us on various levels because of the differentiated and unique content we create on each social media outlet.

Over 700 people come to work at our tech park daily, while we reach hundreds of new people online. With each new opportunity and our successful history, we are truly sending a message that we are the Gateway to the Future.

Don Schulte
Executive Director
WestGate@Crane Technology Park

Region 8 Works Council Holds CTE Summit at WestGate Academy

On April 10, 2015, the Region 8 Works Council, in association with local Career Center/Cooperative's, held their First Annual CTE Summit at WestGate Academy.  Partnering organizations included the Monroe County Community School Corporation, Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, Indiana University, Indiana State University, the Center for Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL), and Radius Indiana; this also includes employers from Region 8, including Duke Energy, MSP Aviation, TASUS, Jasper Engines, and STIMULUS Engineering

The goal of the event was to instruct students on different career pathway options available and to engage them in active thinking about regional opportunities. 

Career pathways include: bio-medical, advanced manufacturing - CNC, agribusiness/food science, information technology, construction technology, automotive  technology/logistics, national defense, and hospitality and human services.

Over 500 freshmen through senior students and administrators from 14 high schools took part in the day long summit.  At the start of the day, students had the opportunity to engage with university and industry representatives and take part in mock interviews.  The remainder of the event also included a mock interview, resume writing, financial aid/scholarship search, IVY Tech-ASAP program, VU CNC program, STEM Premier, and a 4-year college panel.  

Battery Innovation Center to Explore Renewable Energy Storage

On March 30, 2015, Duke Energy and the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) announced the beginning of a partnership with the Battery Innovation Center.  This partnership will advance the storage of renewable energy specifically utilizing sun and wind.  Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann said, "Through this new partnership between the OUCC, BIC, and Duke Energy, Indiana will continue to grow the public/private partnerships necessary to bring together the talent and resources to make our state a leader in energy storage."


The study will examine how renewable energy generated at homes and businesses can be stored and used at a later date, how energy storage can compensate for the effects of weather on renewable energy sources, and how it can be a backup energy source upon supply shortage or disruptions on the electric grid.

The project will include installing energy storage systems at two schools on the Duke Energy network.  It is preferred that the two schools already have a renewable energy source on site, but renewable procurement assistance may exist for other interested schools.  The structures will serve as a live learning lab for students and will help test the benefits of energy storage.  The Battery Innovation Center is now taking applications from interested schools.  Please apply using this online Indication of Interest.

The Battery Innovation Center is also looking for interested and qualified vendors for battery and inverter hardware, along with the control software items needed to make the micro-grid lab a reality.  To view their specific task list, please visit BIC Indiana

"At the heart of energy security is having renewable energy available based on demand as opposed to only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing," said Battery Innovation Center President David Roberts.  "We'll be able to simulate the electric grid with this project and evaluate hardware and battery options while improving the software that controls smaller-scale renewable generation."

NSWC, Crane Division Wins Tech Educators of the Year Award

Southern Indiana based Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division received the Tech Educators of the Year Award during TechPoint's 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. NSWC Crane STEM program goals are to ignite interest in STEM in its surrounding community to build a stronger pipeline of world-class STEM talent.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane) provides acquisition engineering, in-service engineering, and technical support for sensors, electronics, electronic warfare, and special-warfare weapons. As the largest multiservice facility within the DoD for electronic warfare and information operations, NSWC Crane's EW/IO Center is critical to the success of many military operations, including those that use electromagnetic energy to control the electromagnetic spectrum. The Strategic Missions Center delivers technical solutions to detect threats; provide a layered, integrated missile defense; and offers global strike capability. NSWC Crane's Special Missions Center provides rapid-response solutions focusing on agility, maneuverability, individual weapons, munitions, and technical training to equip the most elite warriors for the combat environment.

The aforementioned list of impressive duties and charges is what we all know or hear about Indiana's NSWC Crane, but there is another side to this story - a side that is critical to our future and that the Mira Awards judges chose to recognize.

NSWC Crane has had a rich history of outreach to local communities by allowing employees time on the clock to participate in activities such as math and science tutoring and the Annual NSWC Crane Science Fair.

However, in 2010 a formal STEM program was created and with that the outreach efforts were strategically aligned with how to facilitate, motivate, cultivate, and attract the next generation of STEM talent. NSWC Crane has implemented a number of programs to include: one-time public events, in-class activities, out of class activities, mentorship with students, and teacher training. In order to implement these goals NSWC Crane has utilized two full time STEM personnel. Additionally, NSWC makes time available to its employees to work in their communities to support STEM goals. Since the inception of this program, NSWC Crane and its personnel have served over 8,000 students, 100 teachers, and 100 schools.

TechPoint, Indiana's tech ecosystem accelerator, honored 15 companies, entrepreneurs and educators on May 2, at the Mira Awards gala presented by BKD CPAs & Advisors. Mira - Latin for miracle and a variable star thousands of times brighter than the Earth's sun - represents the best of tech in Indiana each year.

Forty-three independent, volunteer judges spent more than 700 collective hours reviewing and ranking the applications, interviewing the nominees and choosing the winners. Judges are primarily subject matter experts and experienced company founders and executives.

Source: Joshua Hall,  TechPoint
Greene County Health-WestGate to Hold Open House
The Greene County Health team is proud to be supporting the Running for Our Future 5K at the WestGate Academy on June 6th.  After the race, please join us at our WestGate location for a free lunch and a tour of our facility at the technology park.  We would love to show you what we have to offer.  The open house will last from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and all are welcome!


Greene County Health-WestGate is one of seven clinics in the Greene County Health family. Located in the in the Greene County portion of the WestGate@Crane Technology Park at 1985 East Freedom Drive, the clinic is staffed by Nurse Practitioner Autumn Nonte and Physician Assistant Mendy Mullis. The clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers walk-in appointments, general family practice, occupational health, lab collection, and x-rays.

Produce Patch - Produce Pack

The Produce Patch is still accepting applications for their Produce Pack Program.  Their first pick-up date at WestGate@Crane Technology Park will be June 3rd in the WestGate Academy parking lot.  Click here to enroll today!



Upcoming Events at the WestGate Academy

June 6: Greene County Health-WestGate 
             Open House

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