Franklin College dedicates tech innovation center
Franklin College has dedicated its Center for Tech Innovation on campus. The college says the CTI serves as the hub for its newly-created digital fluency initiative, providing collaboration and workspace for students, faculty and staff.
“With the Center for Tech Innovation, we are expanding the concept of engaged, immersive learning and opening the door to new synergy,” said Franklin College President Kerry Prather. “We welcome partners to collaborate with the Franklin faculty and staff and to provide our students with even further access to opportunities for hands-on learning and practice in the skills that will prepare them for careers.”
The facility includes a 3-D printer, makerspace, podcast studio, virtual reality space and headsets, and other resources necessary to produce graduates who are tech fluent.
“The tech the students are using today will be obsolete in a few short years,” said Andrew Rosner, director of digital fluency at Franklin College. “So it is important that the center be a space that develops confidence to learn new things. It needs to be a space where students are allowed to learn, grow and sometimes fail.”
In recent years, Franklin College says it has ramped up its efforts in digital fluency to better prepare students for the workforce. In addition to establishing the Center for Tech Innovation, the college launched a competitive esports program on campus and created a digital fluency initiative.