College to add makerspace for students, community

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - With the creation of the workforce training and secondary career center at The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, the college will also offer a makerspace.

"We're excited for the opportunity to build a new building on campus and this workforce training center is going to allow us to bring in a lot of new equipment that we don't currently have now," said Brian Shonk, UACCB Vice Chancellor for Academics. "We just don't have the space for some of these machines and some of this industrial equipment."

The new 15,000 square-foot facility will have an area with equipment for students and volunteers to collaborate and work to bring their creative ideas to life.

That equipment will include computers with high-processing capabilities, 3D printers and scanner, small motors, and a variety of metal and woodworking tools.

"But with those resources on campus we wanted to open it up to the community and more importantly to elementary, middle and high school students," Shonk said. "There's a big push for STEM in the nation right now and we want to be able to reach those students while they're still young and let them know that if there's something they can think and they want to create we have the resources out here and can help them build it."

Shonk also said there will be several mentor opportunities with the college students on campus.

"We have a lot of air-conditioning students, welding students who have been for two years and developed these skills and they're always looking for ways to give back and to give back to those who are coming up like they were at one time," Shonk said.

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