The Maker Space Field Trip

As part of our journey to design and build a maker space that meets the unique talent and needs of our community, we hit the road to explore. We saw Nashville’s Fort Houston which consists of welders, glassblowers, carpenters, potters and now a small business factory (the welders hooked up with the wood workers!). In Louisville, next to University of Louisville was First Build. This space serves as a micro manufacturer for GE. It is free to enter and create. With a short ten minute trip across the Ohio bridge, we entered into Jeffersonville, Indiana and saw the infamous Maker …

Moving Forward to Grow Talent in Technology

Here’s the latest on our K-Career Technology Pipeline. This past October, we even took it up another notch and put everyone in the room together to hash out our local talent development issues in emerging industries. By everyone, I mean the¬†Kentucky Department of Education was¬†talking to industry leaders, secondary and higher education professionals and leaders, and economic development leaders. It was an exhausting all day event, but we made headway. We learned that: we must get those closest to our students (teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, family advocates) to become the most informed about the new realities of work and industry. …

The Work Ready Project

They asked for “out of the box,” and so we delivered. After working for over 18 months on this concept from user experiences to analogous research in and out of state, to many, many, many industry conversations, I present our Work ready concept as the Paducah Regional Innovation Hub. The executive summary sums it up nicely or you can just watch the slide presentation below it. The University of Kentucky Paducah Campus, the Paducah Public Schools, WKCTC, Murray State University, Paducah Economic Development, Computer Services, Inc., the city of Paducah, and an additional and growing number of public/private regional partners …

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No Jumping

No Jumping

Jumping is good for the soul.