On December 6, 2018, Moreno Valley College (MVC) unveiled the highly anticipated iMAKE Mobile Innovation Center. Designed in partnership with Base 11, a non-profit workforce and entrepreneur development company, to be a rapid prototype space, the mobile innovation center contains state-of-the-art equipment including 3D printers, laser cutter/printers and vinyl cutter/printers. In addition, the space houses 10 computers and monitors, to support design work, and an exterior monitor for use with virtual reality equipment.
Dr. Robin Steinback, President, Moreno Valley College delivered the welcome and opening remarks, which were followed by remarks from Mayor Pro Tem Victoria Baca, City of Moreno Valley. The event was attended by Council Member Ulises Cabrera, City of Moreno Valley, Mr. Jim Primrose, Director, New Initiatives and Corporate Partnerships, University of California Riverside Extension, and Ms. Kristen Hunter, Director, College and Career Ready, Moreno Valley Unified School District. Over 70 students, staff, faculty, administrators, and industry and community partners were in attendance.
After the ribbon cutting, visitors were able to tour the mobile innovation center and see samples of work being created by student workers who attended three days of training covering each of the machines and their uses. The faculty are excited about the technology and English and Counseling faculty have already begun to incorporate making into their work and classrooms. While work continues on the completion of the iMAKE Innovation Center, which will be housed in the Science and Technology building, the iMAKE Mobile Innovation Center is now available as a college and regional resource and will take making into the community.
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