Design. Create. Fabricate

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Western Maryland Works Training Center and Makerspace is a 33,000 square foot satellite ACM campus facility located at 37 Lane Avenue in LaVale, Maryland containing over $3.5 million of 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 five full-time and two 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. Allegany County purchased the property in 2018. The facility underwent a complete renovation in 2019. Phase I moved the already successful workforce development programs offered through ACM's 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 and Pipe Welding were added 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 partnerships:

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ACPS Partner Programs 
Western Maryland Works is partnering with Allegany County Public Schools to offer students the opportunity to receive industry recognized credentials and college credits starting their junior year 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.

Help Us, Help You!

For questions about Western MD Works please contact:

Dr. Thomas McInroy
Director of Western Maryland Works Training Center and Makerspace

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B.S.Ed.,Mansfield University;
M.A., Shippensburg University;
Ed.D., Widener University

Jaren Bohn
Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering – Automated Manufacturing Technology Instructor

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B.S., Frostburg State University

Laura Rivers
Program Coordinator for Makerspace 

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B.A., Frostburg State University

Jennifer Light, Ph.D.
Program Director of Industrial Technologies 

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B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University;
Ph.D., West Virginia University

Sue Hartman
Administrative Associate for Western MD Works/Makerspace

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A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

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