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Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Project Supports Makerspace


Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Project is providing a $10,000 grant to help Pennsylvania College of Technology launch a makerspace on its main campus.

The company’s Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program is offering the unrestricted funding support for The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College, which is expected to be completed for Fall 2018 in the Carl Building Technologies Center.

The Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program benefits organizations in communities within the footprint of the Atlantic Sunrise Project, which is designed to supply natural gas to meet the daily needs of more than 7 million American homes by connecting Pennsylvania gas-producing regions to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states.

Grants of up to $10,000 per funding cycle are awarded based on community need and can be used for economic development, as well as environmental and community benefit. Since 2015, the program has shared nearly $1.79 million across the 10-county Atlantic Sunrise project area. Williams’ gift to Penn College will be recognized on a permanent plaque inside the makerspace.

“Pennsylvania College of Technology relies heavily on industry partners like Williams to deliver on our unique brand of experiential learning,” said Patrick Marty, vice president for college relations. “Within its own organization, Williams places a high value on innovation, and so this support through the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program will help provide Penn College students a venue to collaborate, experiment and problem-solve across disciplines – all in a well-equipped makerspace at the heart of our main campus.”

“Our grant program strives to support innovative partners and projects that make a difference in the communities where Atlantic Sunrise will operate,” said Mike Atchie, Williams’ Partners manager of public outreach. “This new makerspace facility adds to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s excellence in providing innovative and collaborative opportunities for its students.”

The Penn College makerspace facility memorializes Dr. Marshall Welch Jr. His son, Marshall Welch III, the chair of the Penn College Foundation Board and a member of the college’s 1914 Society, is the project’s principal donor, having made a $75,000 gift.

Makerspaces provide the environment and essential tools for students, faculty and staff to collaborate on innovative projects. The design for The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College was created by students and finalized by a committee of faculty and staff.

Makerspaces include “clean” and “dirty” spaces. Clean spaces may include computers, 3-D printers, sewing machines, vinyl cutters and the like; dirty space equipment includes saws, drill presses, routers, lathes and CNC mills.

George E. “Herman” Logue Jr. made a $25,000 commitment supporting the dirty space (the “Logue Fabritorium”), and Fred Gilmour, faculty emeritus, has made the same commitment for the clean space (the “Gilmour Tinkertorium”).

Other leadership donors to the makerspace include: The Alberts Family, Al and Jane Clapps, PPL Electric Utilities, and Young Industries Inc.

Over $180,000 in commitments have been secured to date; additional support is welcomed.

A variety of giving levels offer unique opportunities for anyone wishing to become philanthropic leaders for the project including an endowment to support project materials for students, $25,000; a “Think Space” classroom, $15,000; a “Tool Up” equipment fund, $10,000; and individual gifts noted with the donor’s name on a plaque, $5,000.

Those interested in supporting the makerspace project may contact Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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