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

Greater Wichita Middle / High Schools

Community Events

Meet the Team

Shea
SheaDirector, Career and Tech Ed. STEM Lab
Shea is the Director for the FutureMaker Lab Program. He is responsible for our program’s vision, direction, and the development of new programs. Shea works with community partners and schools to setup and confirm events.

316-677-9912
szuckerman@wsutech.edu

Greg
GregLab Coordinator
Greg is our FutureMaker Lab Program Coordinator. He is responsible for 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

Devin
DevinTechnology Support Specialist
Devin is our Technical Expert for the program. He troubleshoots and maintains all of our techno-wizardry gadgets! Devin is also responsible for training new team members, and takes a lead role in the design and development of new activities.
Levi
LeviPart-Time Staff
Levi is currently studying Business, so he can relate to the student experience! He easily connects with our participants and assists them in learning about the varied Career Technical programs available.
Bailey
BaileyPart-Time Staff
Bailey is the newest member of the team. He just graduated from Butler Community College where he was a member of Headliners. His strong performing arts background will make for entertaining and educational programs with the students. He is currently studying Computer Science.
Noah
NoahPart-time Staff
Noah is studying Applied Computing at WSU. His technical knowledge and enthusiasm for the program helps participants learn about many career opportunities available to them.
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