Los Alamos Makerspace Launches New Training, Collaboration And Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot

Alexandra De Lucia, a gifted LANL post-baccalaureate intern, learning how to solder and taking a stab at building hardware at the local makerspace. De Lucia researches machine learning-based monitoring tools on the LANL High Performance Computing Design team. She has been a seasonal volunteer with Los Alamos Makers since the summer of 2017. At that time, she mentored teens during the summer Coder Dojo. She has come back this year and led a weekly Python Club for teens and adults. Next year, she will study natural language processing, as a PhD student at Johns Hopkins University in the Center for Language and Speech Processing. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Makers News:

Since its inception in April 2016, Los Alamos Makers’ mission has been to provide equipment access and informal skills development opportunities for people of all ages and all abilities in the community.

For the past three years, Los Alamos Makers has been helping not only local small businesses with their various technical needs (additive fabrication or software development), but also budding entrepreneurs, hobbyists and students of all ages develop their technical skills or learn new ones.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) “believes that existing makerspaces are uniquely positioned to help increase workforce development in U.S. cities”. For that reason, the SBA is encouraging and sponsoring the creation of “job-specific and soft skills training” programs in existing and established makerspaces all over the country.

As an established makerspace, Los Alamos Makers will take on the challenge and leverage its experience and capabilities to create a pilot program and do its part to help “address the job skills and placement gap”. In response to the SBA initiative, the local makerspace proposes to develop a pilot program that will include technical training in various fields such as PCB design, CAD as well as basic biotech laboratory skills, and even marketing skills.

The community as a whole, including job seekers, instructors and employers (large and small) are encouraged to collaborate with Los Alamos Makers and participate in the program or just provide valuable feedback and suggestions, by using the following form: https://forms.gle/eY7Yd9HQ3in1rD6K9 ; or by emailing the makerspace at hello@losalamosmakers.org.

This week through June 27 also is the National Week of Making. If you are a maker of any kind and would like to be featured or showcase your work on a national platform, you are encouraged to submit your profile using the link http://www.weekofmaking.org/maker-profiles/submit/.

Los Alamos Makers events are posted on its Eventbrite page here.


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