37 Lane Avenue LaVale, MD 21502
Design. Create. Fabricate
Western Maryland WorksTraining Center and Makerspace is a new 33,000sq. ft. satellite ACM campus facility located at 37 Lane Avenue in LaVale, Marylandcontaining over $3.5Mof state-of-the-art equipment. In addition to the high-tech training equipment, the space includes instructional labs, classrooms, collaborative areas, and staff offices. Western Maryland Works is home to 5 full time staff, 2 part time staff and numerous adjunct instructors.
A partnership between Allegany County and Allegany College of Maryland, the project was first envisioned in 2018, after visiting OpenWorks in Baltimore, Maryland, a non-profit makerspace serving the greater Baltimore community. AlleganyCounty purchased the property in 2018. The facility underwent a complete renovation in 2019. Phase I moved the already successful workforce development programs offered through the Continuing Education and Workforce Development area to the new county owned/college occupied space in January 2020. Western Maryland Works opened its doors in January 2020, offering Machining Level 1, SMAW and Mig/Tig Welding, and Industrial Maintenance Technology with plans to expand the programming to include Robotics, Additive Manufacturing, Pipe Welding in 2022.
The mission of the Western Maryland Works is to prepare tomorrow’s workforce with state-of-the-art equipment to meet the industry 4.0 Manufacturing and Technology needs of Allegany County and the surrounding region through the following:
Advanced Manufacturing programs including: Precision Machining Levels 1 & 11, Industrial Maintenance Technology Program, Robotics, Additive Manufacturing (3DPrinting), SMAW, MIG/TIG, and Pipe Welding, Forklift Training, AutoCAD 2D, 3D, and more. Classes are typically set up in an open enrollment fashion with specific schedules, but Western Maryland Works also recognizes that our training programs may need to accommodate your work schedules and timelines, so we deliver training when you want it. Customized solutions can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization. In today’s global market, the quality and productivity of your team may mean the difference between growth and stagnation. By enhancing the skills of your employees, you create a high-performance environment.
With over $3.5 million in high-tech training equipment, Western Maryland Works is comprised of over 33,000 square feet of instructional labs, classrooms, collaborative areas, and staff offices.
The Makerspace will open Spring 2022. The Makerspace is a large commercial grade Digital Fabrication Lab, 3D Printing including commercial grade printers, CNC Machining, and Woodworking lab will be available to the public, local businesses, and entrepreneurs for daily rates and monthly memberships. Safety classes will be required and classes to assist users will also be offered.Technicians will be onsite to assist users.
ACPS Partner Programs
Western Maryland Works has partnered with Allegany County Public Schools to offer students the opportunity to receive industryrecognized credentials and college creditsstarting their junioryear of high school. Students attending will qualify to test for up to 20 nationally accredited credentials and be recognized by the state of Maryland with a CTE Completer certification in Manufacturing Engineering Technology.
AAS in Engineering-Automated Manufacturing Technology Credit Program
As a result of Manufacturing Roundtable meetings with local manufacturers, ACM developed and submitted a new AAS in Engineering-Automated Manufacturing Technology that was approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission Fall 2021 and will begin Fall 2022. The 67 credit Engineering Program includes various levels of Machining, CNC Programming, Robotics, AutoCAD/CAM, and Additive Manufacturing, and will prepare students to test for 15 NIMS certifications, 2 FANUC/NOCTI Certifications, 1 Stratasys AdditiveManufacturing Certification and 2 AutoCAD Certifications. Discussion with 4 year institutions are ongoing to articulate credit into a BS.
For questions about Western MD Works please contact:
Dave Smarik, Coordinator, Engineering - Automated Manufacturing Technology and Makerspace
Western Maryland Works
37 Lane Avenue, LaVale, Maryland 21502, United States