We were so excited to welcome a limited numbers of students back on-site for our fall programming! Due to Erie County's "orange zone" designation, we will be continuing all programming remotely until further notice. We hope our spring programming will be able to return to hybrid or on-site programming - fingers crossed!
CDOS programming with OLV Human Services - last spring we were mid-project, constructing a public art/play structure for Oxford Square Block Club. We are so excited to be able to continue this work. Aligning with NYS educational curriculum, 9-12th grade students joined us back on-site to learn hands-on skills and computer assisted design while constructing community projects. We hope to welcome them back when Erie County's Covid-19 infection rates are lower.
Advanced Manufacturing Training - another round of 18-week training started in the beginning of October. This training, in collaboration with WNY YouthBuild and The Service Collaborative of WNY, introduces students to computer-assisted design tools and industry-specific equipment. We began as a hybrid in-person and online training, but moved to all remote learning due to Erie County's "orange zone" designation. At the end of program, students are placed in paid internships with several industry partners, potentially leading to full time employment.
Youth Entrepreneurship - Thanks to the generous support of Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, we are excited to announce the launch of our youth entrepreneurship program - a semester long after school program designed to introduce business basics and maker skills to 11th and 12th graders. Students joined us for classroom and maker sessions, and this culminated in students listing and selling items through our e-commerce site for our annual Holiday Market. We will be hosting another session in Spring 2021 - stay tuned!
For enrollment information for our programs, please contact us!
What You Can Do
Since in-person, hands-on training at The Foundry is unpredictable in the foreseeable future, we are committing to being prepared for partial or fully online learning sessions. We currently only have a single way to link from our advanced manufacturing course to a specialized portal containing interactive lessons. Only one “learning portal” for class is needed when we are together onsite. Offsite, each student would greatly benefit from their own link for individual access. Students with personalized portal access could work with instructors to chart their own progress -- staying up-to-date or even proceeding ahead to visualized exercises and exploration of new skill-based processes. Your financial support would directly offset this unforeseen and unanticipated cost!
Additionally, we are in need of laptops. Last spring we were lucky enough to be able to provide a set of computers to students to work and learn from home. With the possibility of teaching more students online, we anticipate needing additional laptops capable of editing images for laser cutting, creating 3D printing files, and more.
Please consider supporting The Foundry in this vital work to help our students. Your efforts would work to keep students involved and successfully advancing toward their personal career goals.