Daily Mail WV Article from September 18, 2020

By Clint Thomas  |  Full Article

Motivated by the worldwide makerspace movement, an innovation center on Charleston’s West Side is giving area residents first and second chances at professional success coupled with personal satisfaction.

 

At the Maker’s Center, opportunities are presented to obtain hands-on training through state-of-the-art technology and instruction from professionals and other volunteers from various industries and interests.

 

Whether to train for a new career or to curate a new hobby, Kanawha Valley residents can enroll for classes that include access to technology such as zSpace augmented reality, 3D printing and laser etching. A fully functioning woodshop and art studio also operate at the site.

 

The Maker’s Center is a ministry of Bible Center Church. It was launched this spring at 602 Patrick St., in Charleston. The BCC congregation, buoyed by a grant from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, funds the nonprofit center’s programs and operations, which are designed to be an outreach as well as a training hub. The initiative serves those in recovery, those seeking employment, school-age children and members of the community at large…

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