ACC’s Tech Center Hosts Alamance Makers Guild Open House

people gathering at makers guild open houseAlamance Community College played host for the February meeting of the Alamance Makers Guild in the Advanced Applied Technology Center (AATC). Five of the College’s industrial programs–Automotive, Computer-Integrated Machining, Heating and Air Conditioning, Welding and Mechatronics are housed inside the facility.     

Alamance Community College, the Alamance Makers Guild and Steam Junction, Alamance County’s Maker Space, have been working together in recent years to promote the maker movement in the community. 

The Makers’ Movement is all about utilizing the creativity and critical thinking of talented local artisans and inventors to help grow the local economy.

The event included displays and demos by Alamance Makers Guild members and concluded with public tours of industrial technology programs located in the Advanced Applied Technology Center. 

“We are fortunate to have a Maker Space like Steam Junction where our students can network with other Makers in the community and continue their learning,” said Justin Snyder, Dean of Industrial Technologies, in opening remarks.

guest speakers talking

Among the guest speakers were (from left) graphic designer Alec Poteat, ACC Dean Justin Snyder, Burlington Mayor Ian Baltutis, and ACC Executive Vice President Scott Queen.

Guest speakers included Scott Queen, Executive Vice President of Alamance Community College; Bennett Harris, founder/director of the non-profit Alamance Makers Guild, Maker Faire Burlington, and STEAM Junction Makerspace; Ian Baltutis, Mayor of Burlington; Andrew Heine, founder of Classadoo, a platform for teaching coding online; and Alec Poteat, ACC graduate and graphic designer at Tichy Train Group in Burlington.

Providing assistance from ACC were Daniel Faulkner, Learning Resources Center, who helped with set-up and created an interactive promotional exhibit for Advertising and Graphic Design; Robbie Everett, Aramark maintenance; Beverly Huffines, Public Information and Marketing; Starr Reams, Executive Administrative Assistant in the President’s Office; and Chad Godt, Humanities instructor.