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MassBay Engineering Projects the Centerpieces for Downtown Framingham Event

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Yajaira Cifuentes Yajaira Cifuentes with her 3D
Framingham building business
card holders

Photo courtesy of Liz Cooper
MassBay Community College

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (January, 2, 2020) — MassBay Engineering students’ 3D projects were recently the centerpieces at the Downtown Framingham, Inc.’s. annual Downtown Celebration event. The projects included a prosthetic golf club holder, a work boot insert for reducing on the job injuries, a lighthouse designed to display gear functionality, a replica of Leonardo DaVinci’s bicycle, and models of iconic downtown Framingham buildings, and all were used as table centerpieces at the event.

MassBay served as the 2020 Downtown Framingham Inc. “Business Contributor” and used this opportunity to highlight student projects to the community. “Business leaders and community members were highly-impressed with the students’ work, which sparked an interest in learning more about MassBay’s Engineering programs,” said MassBay Director of Career Services, Julie Ginn.

“As much as possible, we try to provide students in our classes with exposure to real-world projects,” said MassBay Associate Professor and Chair of the Engineering Department, Marina Bograd. “This project was a perfect example where students worked with client-given constraints and designed and manufactured a product based on provided specifications. This was a great example of what our students are able to accomplish and we are so glad to have been able to showcase the students work at the event!”

Yajaira Cifuentes, a MassBay Engineering student from Acton, MA, was amazed her 3D, downtown building business card holders were selected as centerpieces for this event. “I was very excited, and wanted to make sure I created a solid design that could also double as a business card holder. I also modified my project to make sure the cardholder slots were not too deep or shallow and that they represented Framingham well. It was a great experience.”

This is the second consecutive year MassBay Engineering students have created the centerpieces for the Downtown Framingham Inc.’s Downtown Celebration event.

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MassBay Community College is ranked by the Brookings Institution as one of the top schools for value added and earned salaries in the workforce. Ranked #1 for two-year colleges in Massachusetts, #2 in New England, and #16 nationally. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham, and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.

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