Local College Opens On-Campus Innovation Center

Local College Opens On-Campus Innovation Center

Moreno Valley

Three years ago, leaders at Moreno Valley College had a vision to create a space that would allow for collaboration, innovation and problem solving—that vision is now a reality.  Last week the college officially opened its on-campus iMAKE Innovation Center. The 4,150-square-foot Center, located in the Science and Technology Building, will serve as a hub for innovation and creativity, and lend itself to fostering enthusiasm for learning. The College was one of 24 institutions to receive a California Community College Maker Implementation Grant from the California Community College Chancellor’s office.  Upon receipt of the $100,000 grant, which is renewable for a second year, MVC set out to create a makerspace community that will provide students and the community with access to innovation equipment and material in order to develop entrepreneurial skills. According to Melody Graveen, Ed.D., Dean of Instruction, Career & Technical Education at the college, “These are the skills that businesses will be competing for in the 21st century. A space such as this will have a significant impact on student learning and development.” The iMAKE Innovation Center was designed to provide an educational training facility for students, faculty, staff, community members and business leaders. “Moreno Valley College is committed to paving the road so that our students can succeed,” said Robin Steinback, Ph.D. and President, Moreno Valley College. “This Center will lead to transformational changes when it comes to learning, creating and delivering solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s problems. The Center is equipped as well as any other college, and maybe even some businesses.” The City of Moreno Valley is partnering with Moreno Valley College on the iMake facility. The lab is designed to provide STEM engagement through hands-on, interactive activities and unique STEM experiences to children throughout the region.

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