Have you heard the exciting news? The Foundry's advanced manufacturing program continues learning online!
The Foundry offers an advanced manufacturing workforce development program in collaboration with The Service Collaborative of WNY's YouthBuild program and The Buffalo Niagara Partnership. This program pairs with training needs identified by local partners such as Tapecon Inc, PCB Piezotronics, Zehnder-Rittling and Rigidized Metals. A group of students from WNY YouthBuild and our makerspace community enrolled in early February to begin the 5 month program.
During Covid-19, staff members Deb Sarlin and Amina Boyd have worked hard to make sure the program can continue online. They have spent hours collecting maker resources and industry trainings to post online for our students. Foundry educators are connecting with students through online classroom sessions and pairing it with interactive assignments, readings, quizzes and videos that the students review, write about, and discuss as they learn new skills. Students will graduate in June/July with the hope of securing employment at local manufacturing companies!
How can you help?
Since the training cannot be in-person at The Foundry, all learning is happening through an online classroom. There are unforeseen costs as a result of moving online - each student needs a dedicated learning portal in order to keep up to date with progress and testing for certification. Please consider supporting The Foundry as it helps talented, dedicated young people continue to stay involved and make sure they can successfully complete the training program.
The Foundry is home to over 2 dozen small businesses. Many of them are economically vulnerable and will suffer loss of income during this pandemic. We are connecting as many businesses as we can to relief funds and loans, but the coming months will be challenging for them. Usually, Foundry tenants can take advantage of earning extra income as instructors through our adult education classes and use the makerspaces to create the products they sell. With adult education programming halted and makerspaces closed, Foundry tenants need your support now more than ever!
How can you help? Buy from local makers!
We are encouraging supporters (like you!) to take a look at the current list of Foundry tenants and consider supporting maker businesses through e-commerce or individual projects! Do you need promotional materials printed? T-shirts made? Stained glass repaired? Can you send custom made cards to a friend? Consider purchasing now to support your local maker economy!
Thank you for all the support you've always given to The Foundry and thank you to The Foundry's 2020 sponsors: