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    • 27 Jan 2021
    • 5:30 PM (CST)
    • 12 May 2021
    • 8:30 PM (CDT)
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    Build Your Own, Custom, Playable Electric Guitar*
    Starting Jan 27 at Fab Lab ICC.

    *No experience building or playing necessary.

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    From the earliest known public mention of an electrically enhanced guitar, appearing in Wichita, Kansas in October of 1932, to the news in 1940, that Les Paul created "The Log," a guitar whose strings and pickups were mounted on a guitar body carved from a solid block of wood, electric guitars have captivated every generation since.

    Over the years the great artists like Les Paul, Duane Eddy, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Slash, Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen have attracted legions of followers.

    Imagine the exhilaration experienced by Les Paul when he plugged in "The Log" and heard the sounds for the first time. You can experience the same exhilaration at Fab Lab ICC, by the end of the semester!

     Build and keep a real, custom, playable electric guitar. No experience necessary and you don't have to know how to play. We'll provide a kit that includes everything you need.

    In this class, you will learn:

    • Basic woodworking and wood finishing techniques
    • How electric guitars work
    • How guitar components are made
    • Guitar assembly and intonation

    The class takes place at Fab Lab ICC on Wednesdays from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM starting Jan 27 through May 12, 2021.

    Registration is full, but additions to the wait list will be accepted through Jan 25th. 

    Masks and COVID protocols required for this class

    This class is available either with or without college credit.

    Course fee:

    • Non-credit, $165 (register below) 
    • Credit, $490.00 - $510.00 depending where you live. 

    For Northern Montgomery County residents, $330 

     Six-string electric guitar kit:

    • $195, available through the Fab Lab ICC guitar store. (Upgrade to premium wood body for additional $30 payable at first class.)

     If you choose non-credit, the course and kit fees are payable to Fab Lab ICC on or before the first night of class.

     If you choose college credit, the course fee is payable per college policy and the kit fee is payable to Fab Lab ICC on or before the first night of class

    • 28 Jan 2021
    • 6:00 PM (CST)
    • 13 May 2021
    • 8:00 PM (CDT)
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    Entrepreneurial Mindset at Fab Lab ICC 

    This class explores the eight life's lessons that make entrepreneurs successful and how these lessons can make us better problem solvers in our professional, student and personal lives. 

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    Next class: Jan 28, 2021 through May. 13, 2021; Thursdays 6:00 to 8 PM at Fab Lab ICC.  Virtual option available. Click here to learn more about the virtual option.

    Registration will be accepted through Jan 25th. 


    Class sessions will include:

    • Visits from successful entrepreneurs in our area

    • Exploration of our own problem solving ideas

    • Discussions about the eight life's lessons of entrepreneurship and how they will benefit you no matter what's in your future.

    Masks and COVID protocols required for this class. Zoom option available (contact Jim Correll, jcorrell@indycc.edu or 620-252-5349 for details)

    In addition to class-time, each week there will be an average of 60 minutes of video content to watch on your own before class. There are no heavy reading or extensive writing assignments.

    Perfect attendance is not required. Those that can attend at least 10 of the 13 class sessions will be able to keep up.

    The cost of the class is $165 with a $100 rebate available upon successful completion* of the class and Rebate Request form. 

    By registering below, you agree to pay $165 before accessing the course materials and video content (or make special arrangements). Cash, check or credit card accepted. Checks are payable to Fab Lab ICC.

    If you’re a woman, sign up to be a part of the Women 4 Women network and receive your scholarship to participate in this class for just $25. Email Jim Correll* at jcorrell@indycc.edu for more information.

    *The rebate is for those who complete the class work successfully and whose class fees come out of pocket. Successful completion means:

    1. Attending at least 10 of the 13 sessions

    2. Completing at least 80% of the quizzes at the end of each of eight life's lessons

    3. Completing at least 80% of the one-paragraph Reflection and Response assignments

    4. Completing the 1 - 2 page personal vision statement at the end of the course

    5. Completing the final Opportunity Discovery Canvas

    • 2 Mar 2021
    • 8:30 AM (CST)
    • 4 Mar 2021
    • 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Fab Lab ICC - 2564 Brookside, Independence Kansas
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    How To Start a FAB LAB from Ground Zero

    March 2-4, 2021 in Independence, Kansas

    From our humble beginnings on October 1, 2014 in a rural southeastern Kansas town of less than 10,000 people some remarkable things have happen that, in addition to efforts by other community groups, are starting to help move the needle in revitalizing our area economy.

    Join us for 2 1/2 days to learn how you might set up the entrepreneurial mindset and maker space in your community to greatly enhance your community revitalization efforts. A Fab Lab or maker space can support entrepreneurial start-ups and small business development in many ways besides just the prototyping of new products.

    *Virtual option available.

    With the virtual option, campers will stay home or at work for the virtual portions of the camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Then at a later time, either individually or in small groups, campers come to the Lab for their Maker time. Click here to see what we call "enhanced" Zoom for the virtual sessions to make them much more interesting than the typical Zoom experience.

    Virtual content schedule:

    Mornings: Tue, Wed and Thu, 9:00 - 11:45

    Afternoons: Tue and Wed, 1:30 - 2:30

    Maker time Lab experience:

    Afternoons: Tue and Wed, 2:45 - 5:00

    Camp ends 11:45 Thursday with optional lunch provided.

    For questions, contact director Jim Correll at 620.252.5349 or jcorrell@indycc.edu.

    • Save $500 with our Early Bird discount on registrations through January 31, 2021.
    • Additional discounts for Kansas E-Communities, Community College faculty/staff, National Main Street members, Kansas PRIDE Members and Kansas residents.
    • Hear from community members and stakeholders about the impact Fab Lab ICC has had on the area mindset and economy
    • Experience first-hand making so you can see that you definitely don't need an engineering degree to use or manage the maker space
    • Your registration fee includes a light breakfast and lunch on all three days and dinner on Tuesday evening.
    • No registration or "'convenience" fees will be added
    • One complimentary one- hour post-Boot Camp phone consultation

    For questions, contact director Jim Correll at 620.252.5349 or jcorrell@indycc.edu.

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