One of the most exciting and inspiring learning spaces in Vermont is Middlebury's Hannaford Career Center, a technical center that boasts outstanding training in graphic arts, the trades, engineering, theater tech and more. Now the Center is pulling several strands of emerging work together to pitch a makerspace model of in-school learning.
Makerspaces have emerged as vibrant shared workspaces where collaboration and support for creative projects take place within an atmosphere of "do it yourself" discovery, design and development. Its a natural fit for a space like Hannaford, which is perfectly positioned to draw upon it culture as a hands-on environment to drive workforce training through community based learning and new proficiency standards.
To help them get there, Hannaford students have put together a crowdfunding campaign to offset costs of their makerspace fit up. Check out their video, and lend a hand!
UPDATE! From the Addison County Economic Development Corporation: Time is running out to help jump start The Makery, a new community Maker Space planned for the Hannaford Career Center (HCC). To be eligible to be considered for a grant from the Gannett Foundation, HCC must crowd source $6,000 by this Friday, May 11.
ACEDC has pledged $1,000, if $5,000 can be raised. For more details and the link to make a contribution to this new community resource, read on and donate here: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/careercentervt