MSJC to launch Invention and Inclusive Innovation Workshop series

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SAN JACINTO – Mt. San Jacinto College will launch a pilot project this October that blends entrepreneurship, diversity and the college’s innovative Animatronic Makerspace into a workshop series.

The Invention and Inclusive Innovation project will inspire MSJC students by helping them unlock new talent that transfers into real-world skills for their future careers.

The free eight-week workshop series will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 25, in the new and exciting Animatronic Makerspace at the San Jacinto Campus, 1499 N. State St., in San Jacinto.

Students will work with their peers in small teams and receive personalized coaching from diverse faculty. Throughout the series, participants will be tasked with researching real-world problems, creating products that address the problems and, finally, deciding how to sell the products.

Students who take part in the workshop series will be introduced to a variety of software and machinery such as 3D printing, robotics, laser cutting, milling, tailoring and more.

Alexander Sterling, an English instructor at MSJC, is leading the project along with three additional MSJC instructors from several disciplines.

Sterling hopes the program will prepare students with transferable skills to support them in the future.

“No matter what you aim to do, we want to equip you with the skills needed to succeed,” Sterling said.

Students from all majors and disciplines are invited to participate in the i3 pilot project. No previous experience is necessary. Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to fill out the following form online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEnk9X042RYR6fVdm2mTyTgApCvDLHykpEr2I4bwzOTgMB-g/viewform.

For additional information about the i3 Initiative, contact careereducation@msjc.edu or 951-639-5352.

Submitted by Mt. San Jacinto College.