The FutureMaker Lab Program and mobile unit are a partnership between WSU Tech College and Goodwill Industries to introduce middle, high school, and GED seeking students to careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Participants will be introduced to Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and occupations that are in-demand in the state of Kansas and across the country.  The program has grown since inception, and the team works each year to develop new stations to showcase more fields of study with the latest technology.

Activities offered in the program are based on the Kansas Department of Education’s curriculum standards for the following areas:

  • Math
  • Science
  • College/Career Readiness

Teachers or administrators who schedule the FutureMaker Mobile Learning Lab at their schools are provided the opportunity to supplement their lessons in these content areas making learning “sticky,” and aiding in student retention and application of current curriculum.

Community event organizers who schedule the FutureMaker Mobile Learning Lab will find it an engaging way to offer hands-on career demonstrations for participants that add value to their event or camp.

Dr. Sheree Utash

The FutureMaker Story

In 2016, Sheree Utash Ed.D, President of WSU Tech, and Gayle Goetz, V.P. of Career Services/Director of NexStep Alliance at Goodwill Industries, were working together to solve a puzzle – the critical labor shortage in technical fields.  The challenge was how to get more students to recognize the value in technical careers. Sheree and Gayle understood that simply telling potential students about the critical shortage of workers and creating great opportunities was not enough.  They had to find a way to show students that technical careers have come a long way from the traditional image of vo-tech education.  A brainstorming session recorded on a napkin resulted in a bold plan.  The result is the FutureMaker Mobile Learning Lab – a 60 foot truck and trailer that is packed with state-of-the-art technology designed to drive interest in technical education as a strong choice for high school and adult GED students. Now, three years later, the FutureMaker Lab Program continues to serve schools and community organizations across the state of Kansas to introduce students to the merits of technical programs of study using hands-on demonstrations.

Gayle Goetz

Where the FutureMaker Lab Has Been

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Kansas Middle / High Schools Visited

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Meet the Team

Greg
GregDirector
Greg is our FutureMaker Lab Program Director. He is responsible for the FutureMaker Program, scheduling events, aligning team schedules with events, assigning tasks, training, and development of new activities and content for students and teachers alike!

316-512-7114
gschmidt1@wsutech.edu

James
JamesFull-Time Staff
James is a former substitute teacher, and a graduate of Wichita State University with a degree in Electronic Media. His classroom experience helps him with our Face to Face events, while his media background lends itself to our Digital Content Services and Livestreams.
Levi
LeviPart-Time Staff
Levi is currently studying Marketing at Emporia State University. He easily connects with our participants and assists them in learning about the varied Career Technical programs available.
Arty
ArtyFT IT-FutureMaker Specialist
Arty is attending WSU Tech studying for an Associates in Cyber Security. She is currently working as a Tech Support and Event Specialist. Her knowledge of computers and technology keeps our program running smoothly. She is also bilingual, which allows her to present to students in both English and Spanish.
Bailey
BaileyPart-Time Staff
Bailey is working toward a Business Administration degree at Emporia State University. He has a strong background in performing arts. Bailey has used his skills to make our programs entertaining and educational for the students.
Sam
SamPart-Time Staff
Sam is the newest member of the team, and a business marketing graduate from Wichita State University. His theater experience and penchant for hands-on projects provide an engaging learning experience for all.

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