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MassBay Student to Intern at Morse Institute Library in Natick

Sunday, April 3, 2016

WELLESLEY HILLS (April 2, 2016) – MassBay Community College is pleased to announce that student Corinne Kennedy will be interning at Natick’s Morse Institute Library developing 3D design skills and facilitating hands-on opportunities to the Natick community to learn about this emerging technology through open lab workshops.

“We are delighted that our Corrine’s talents can be shared with the entire Natick community,” said MassBay Interim President Yves Salomon-Fernandez. “It is students like Corinne and their faculty, who earn us our top rankings in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.”

“A National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant allowed MassBay faculty to partner with Northeastern University to develop and deliver this transforming curriculum, which includes an emphasis on 3D design,” said MassBay Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Chitra Javdekar. “We believe Massachusetts manufacturing industry does not have to go too far to find the talent they need. It is right here, in MetroWest.”

Corinne, who is in the TRANSFORM program for Advanced Manufacturing, will be assisting library patrons with designing and creating their own personal projects on 3D printers. She is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Game Design and a resident of Sutton, MA. Corinne is excited about this internship opportunity, teaching residents how to experiment and design products with 3D printing. After this 14-week internship, she will graduate MassBay in May 2016.

"3D printing aligns with the library's goals to offer Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) tools for our community,” said Morse Institute Library User Experience Librarian Dave Bartos. “By facilitating hands-on learning and coaching patrons through their projects, Corinne will expand the opportunities available to Natick through personal manufacturing."

The Morse Institute Library is the Natick community library where residents have free access to print and non-print materials and quality reference service to library users of all ages and abilities: to serve as a major education resource with programs and hands-on learning opportunities, serving as a community and cultural center with meeting and exhibits spaces for individuals and municipal and civic groups.

“We are very excited to partner with Morse Institute Library as an internship placement for our TRANSFORM students,” said MassBay STEM Implementation Coordinator Valerie Kapilow. “As the local community college for the MetroWest service area, we are excited to have this early involvement with the library as it offers these new innovative services to its members. The library also expands, beyond manufacturing companies, the types of internship placements we can offer our students who bring a wide variety of skills suitable for different workplace settings.”

“This internship at the Morse Institute Library is an amazing opportunity to share and expand my knowledge of the 3D printing process,” said Corinne Kennedy. “I assist residents in turning their ideas into real, tangible objects. The TRANSFORM program at MassBay focuses on internships to prepare you to compete in the local economy, and this couldn’t be a better fit for my career goals.”

TRANSFORM is a post-undergraduate one-year certificate program in Advanced Manufacturing. This collaboration between MassBay and Northeastern University, with support from the National Science Foundation, has created and implemented an innovative model to future develop the skill sets of non-technical college graduates in order to prepare them for careers in manufacturing. The program enables bachelor’s degree graduates in non-technical fields to be trained for advanced manufacturing jobs that would otherwise go unfilled due to the shortage of qualified job seekers nationwide.

For more information on MassBay Community College TRANSFORM program; www.MassBay.edu/transform-program
For more information on Natick’s Morse Institute Library; http://www.morseinstitute.org