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Thursday, September 23, 2021

  • Jayhawks handle business in home opener over Washburn

    Absent from Kansas University’s first home game of the season was the raucous student section, the “who’s who” of former players sitting a few rows behind the KU bench and the rest of Jayhawk Nation cheering their squad on inside Allen Fieldhouse — arguably one of the best atmospheres in all of college basketball. 

  • High school students tour ICC West as they look toward their future

    More than 120 Independence High School juniors invaded Independence Community College West Thursday to tour and check out the technical programs offered at the campus. Programs visited included vet tech, EMT, Allied Health, cosmetology and culinary. 

  • Ceremony breaks ground for Fab Lab ICC expansion

    It was a celebration on the grounds of Independence Community College Wednesday as ground was broke for the newest addition, Fab Lab ICC 2.0, a 6,400 square foot expansion of Fab Lab ICC.

  • ICC board hears from concerned citizen and faculty

    The monthly meeting of the Independence Community College board of trustees opened Thursday evening to a packed room with Isaias McCaffery, History and Geography instructor, speaking to the board regarding recent events at ICC.

  • Fab Lab ICC receives grant to finalize expansion project

    Words like amazing and humbling come to mind for Fab Lab ICC director Jim Correll when asked how he feels about the Fab Lab receiving a grant award from the Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) for $350,000 to help fund the construction of the Fab Lab expansion building.

  • 6/20/2016
    A 53 foot semi-trailer truck will be parked outside of Fab Lab ICC next Tuesday, June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The truck is Mitsubishi Electric’s “Solutions in Motion” Showroom and features “RV style” slide-out sections to enlarge the trailer to 18 feet wide.  
  • 3/30/2016
    After the first year and one-half of operating Fab Lab ICC, seeing the remarkably positive effects the Fab Lab experience has on people of all walks and in all stages of life, Tim and I would like to share what we would do if we had $500,000. The $500,000 project would involve building an additional facility of 8,000 square feet either attached to or adjoining the existing Innovation Design Center (formerly Cessna Learning Center) on the main campus of Independence Community College. The new facility will free space in our existing facility to alleviate the current crowded conditions that have come from the heavy usage we now experience on a daily basis. We are seeing increased use from all categories of users; community members, ICC students, area high school student classes and groups, Greenbush (educational cooperative) and several of our area public and private middle schools are bringing students to the Fab Lab now and most are asking to use the facility more frequently in the future. Many people, especially those that have yet to experience Fab Lab ICC will want to know why we are becoming so busy and how our current conditions have come about in such a short time. A single phrase, used by psychologists, can be used to explain the phenomenon... self-efficacy. World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Albert Bandura has defined self-efficacy as one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplish a task. One’s sense of self-efficacy can play a major role in how one approaches goals, tasks, and challenges. We would add that the major change in one’s approach to goals, tasks and challenges applies to all aspects of life; personal, academic, professional and even spiritual. In the past 18 months, we’ve seen first-hand, how the Fab Lab experience increases self-efficacy in all kinds of Fab Lab users. • “Jerry”, a highly functioning autistic young man of 20 years, went from the frustration of shredding paper 5-hours daily to the joy of learning to make things in the digital Fab Lab environment. He also learned about entrepreneurial thinking. He is now studying computer technology with a goal of having his own computer and network repair business. • “Henry”, with Down’s syndrome and a lower function level, loves being in and around the Fab Lab. (There’s something “electric” about our environment.) Henry’s friend, Jerry, helps make things that Henry dreams up and we saw the amazing effect on Henry when we put a drill in his hands—probably for the first time in his life—and helped him drill the holes needed for his project. • Charlotte, an active grandmother, as she progressed from the statement of “I just don’t know if I can learn to use this equipment....” to making 60 personalized etched glasses for her granddaughter’s wedding rehearsal dinner. Charlotte uses Fab Lab ICC on a regular basis now. • Dozens of gifted students pursuing their wild and complicated projects and prototypes generated in their own minds. • Students, coaches and staff members of Independence Community College learning to print banners, make lockers and signage and all kinds of other projects at a fraction of the cost of purchasing them on the outside. We see the self-efficacy of our institution growing right along with the individuals. • A small group of 10 and 11 year old boys in our first Fab Lab boot camp learn, for the first time in their young lives, that “failure” is the best method for great learning and that “failure” should not be avoided, but welcomed as a way to learn lessons in life in the quickest and most permanent manner. • Adults who have thought of themselves as “not creative”, have sparks of creativity come to life with each visit to the Fab Lab. • Entrepreneurs creating prototypes in a few weeks instead of a few years and for a few hundred dollars instead of a few thousands of dollars. • Neodesha high school students that designed a new bicycle attachment for an engineering contest 
  • National Champs, ICC earns top spot in speech and debate
    In only its second year, the Independence Community College (ICC) Speech and Debate team has won the 2016 Junior Varsity National speech and debate tournament, finishing first place in Division I team sweepstakes with the highest tournament points.
  • 2/21/2016
    The Fab Lab at Independence Community College has received a generous donation from Hugo’s Industrial Supply in the form of a 48 inch industrial printer. The new printer is a Mutoh, large format printer with a built-in contour vinyl cutter. This will allow the Fab Lab to produce large custom-shaped print jobs. The printer uses all the common media plus an exterior vinyl, which means producing exterior banners a possibility.
  • 2/5/2016
    Those interested or curious about starting their own businesses and those within businesses and organizations who want to become entrepreneurial are invited to attend a class set on Thursday, Feb. 11 that will also feature an open house for a non-credit section of Entrepreneurial Mindset class featuring the Ice House Entre- preneur Program from 5 to 6:15 p.m. The class and open house will be at Fab Lab ICC on the main campus of the Independence Community College located, 1057 W. College Ave., in Independence. Fab Lab ICC is located in the Innovation and Tech- nology Center (formerly Cessna Learning Center) directly south of the ICC water tower at W. College Ave. and Brookside. The open house will be a come and go reception that will provide an opportunity to meet facilitators, selected entrepreneurs and former class members. From 6:15 to 7 p.m., a round-table discussion with a Q & A with brief introductory videos of the “Ice House” entrepreneurs that make up the primary content of the
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