Monday, November 21, 2016

MC receives donation for Idea Factory

Pictured from left to right are MC Chair of Manufacturing Services Derek Gasch and MC Director of Development and Donor Relations Wendy Gilbert with Grande Communications® employees.
• Providing opportunities to make, contribute - then share

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Thursday, November 17, Midland College (MC) received a $3,100 check from Grande Communications® Grande Cares Club. The donation was directed to be used for MC’s new “Idea Factory,” a makerspace area at the MC Advanced Technology Center.

“The Idea Factory has been in the works for about a year,” said Derek Gasch, MC department chair of Manufacturing Services. “For the past year, the Computer Graphics Technology department has been partnering with the Midland Barnes & Noble store for demonstrations of 3D modeling. We are excited to be able to start the MC Idea Factory, and the donation from Grande will enable us to purchase a vinyl cutter to enhance our 3D printing creations.” The donation from Grande Communications® Grande Cares Club comes entirely from employees of Grande Communications® who voluntarily contribute a portion of their earnings to the Grande Cares Club.

As stated in a letter to the MC Foundation from James Jordon, president of Grande Cares Club Board of Directors, “The employee board approved this grant because of the high value we place on your organization’s contribution to the communities Grande serves.”

MC’s collaboration with Barnes & Noble and the formation of the Idea Factory allows students and community members an opportunity to receive hands-on experience in design, handcrafting and construction in the spirit of collaboration and teamwork.
Gasch explained, “The global ‘Maker’ movement is changing the way people learn, design, create and build. ‘Makers’ are ‘Do-It-Yourselfers’ (DIY-ers) with a tech twist. The MC Idea Factory allows participants opportunities to make and collaborate - then share. Thanks to the Grande employees, we are now able to add one more piece of technology to help keep our instruction and services state-of-the-art.”

For more information about MC’s Idea Factory and Computer Graphics Technology program, contact Derek Gasch at (432) 681-6314, dgasch@midland.edu.

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