Columbia’s mayor has introduced a proposal to provide about $500,000 in community memberships to MACC’s new state-of-the-art lab on the Business Loop. Mayor Brian Treece says there is a lot of potential.
“So that everybody in Columbia has access to a membership here at this MACCLab makerspace, so that they can take that next step,” Treece says.
The city council first-read the bill at Monday’s meeting. Another part of the proposal would provide scholarships to Columbia Public School (CPS) students to participate in career and technical education programs offered by MACC.
Mayor Treece tells 939 the Eagle that improving job skills is more important than ever, as we pull out of the pandemic.
“I mean think about if you were downsized or maybe just part of that great quit, you know where you want to do go something else for a change. This is a way that you can scale up, you can take that step with a 3D printer. Maybe you want to invent something,” says Treece.
Mayor Treece and Missouri Governor Mike Parson helped cut the ribbon on the lab last week. The mayor’s proposal also includes $300,000 in funding to provide customized training to Columbia employers during the next four years.
The money would provide training ten to 20 training activities each year.