Lifelong Learning awarded grants for maker space
The Harrison County Lifelong Learning Center was recently awarded $40,000 from Samtec Cares and $10,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation to create a maker space within the learning center in Corydon.
The project will include advanced technology equipment such as 3D printers, a laser engraver, a water cutting machine and additional tools. Lifelong Learning is partnering with Maker13 in Jeffersonville to offer training on the software and use of the equipment. Dual memberships with the organizations will allow small business owners, students and entrepreneurs to use the equipment at either location.
“This initiative was created to spark interest in the communities we serve, the opportunities that advanced technology and manufacturing offer,” said Tom Fields, director of Harrison County Lifelong Learning. “Currently, there are limited opportunities for adults to gain access to this type of equipment without significant cost. This space will allow people to be innovative, creative and gain essential experience on state-of-the-art equipment.”
Lifelong Learning hopes that once individuals have used the maker space, they will be inspired to potentially pursue a career in advanced manufacturing. Using its connections with local employers, Lifelong Learning will help these individuals find employment opportunities in Harrison County.
According to Fields, the maker space is slated to open in early 2023.