Harrison County Lifelong Learning’s maker space is slated to open later this spring! The project is made possible through a $40,000 grant from Samtec Cares and a $10,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. Harrison County Lifelong Learning, in partnership with Maker 13, has created a space where individuals have access to 3-d printers, laser engravers, water cutting devices, and more. Software and equipment training will be provided and membership levels have been created. Many entrepreneurial and career opportunities stem from the creative mastery of such devices.

One of the primary goals of the maker space is to promote a lifetime of learning in the Harrison County community. By providing access to cutting-edge technology and equipment, individuals will have the opportunity to expand their skill set and knowledge base. This maker space is open to people of all ages and backgrounds, whether they are hobbyists, entrepreneurs, or professionals looking to enhance their skills. Memberships are available for individuals or groups, and the space will also offer workshops, classes, and events to help individuals learn and grow.

The maker space will not only serve as a hub for learning and creativity, but it will also have a significant impact on the local economy. By providing access to equipment that is often too expensive for individuals to purchase on their own, the maker space will allow entrepreneurs and small business owners to create prototypes and test products before investing significant capital. This will encourage the growth of new businesses in the area and attract outside investment, creating job opportunities for local residents. Additionally, the skills and knowledge gained through the maker space can be applied to a wide range of industries, making the local workforce more versatile and adaptable.

The partnership between Harrison County Lifelong Learning and Maker 13 is essential to the success of the maker space. Maker 13 is a Jeffersonville, IN-based makerspace that has been in operation for more than five years. They offer access to a variety of equipment and tools, as well as workshops and classes. This work helps to create more interest in advanced manufacturing. By collaborating with Maker 13, Harrison County Lifelong Learning can tap into their experience and expertise to ensure the success of their own makerspace. This partnership also provides opportunities for members to participate in joint projects and events, expanding the reach and impact of the makerspace beyond Harrison County.