ACC’s IMPACT Lab celebrates ribbon-cutting with local VIPs

As the Central Texas Manufacturing sector continues to grow, Austin Community College District (ACC) celebrates the grand opening of the ACC IMPACT Lab, the college’s manufacturing incubator. 

When: Friday, October 14

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Where: ACC Highland, IMPACT Lab

What: The official ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening of the IMPACT Lab includes tours of the facility, a career exploration event for students with opportunities to hear directly from employers and learn about programs at ACC to help you train for a career in manufacturing, and an information session for local manufacturing startups to learn more about setting up shop at the IMPACT Lab. 

Who: Join local and state VIPs, industry leaders, and ACC administration, faculty, staff, and students..

In August, the manufacturing industry made headlines when U.S. Senator John Cornyn and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul toured ACC’s manufacturing spaces and shared details on the CHIPS Act. The legislation provides $200 million to support workforce development programs, like ACC’s, for the domestic semiconductor industry.

The IMPACT Lab is an advanced manufacturing business incubator and training lab located at ACC Highland (6101 Highland Campus Drive). The 5,000-square-foot facility is Austin’s first innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing. This facility also provides ACC manufacturing students opportunities to get hands-on experience in the industry. Lab highlights include:

  • Workbench space & tools for prototype assembly & testing

  • Variety of 3D printers in plastic and polymer

  • Laser cutting, etching, engraving systems, and more

The IMPACT lab is funded by a grant from the National Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies as well as local matching dollars from ATI, Autodesk, City of Austin, and Amazon Web Services. 

To learn more about ACC’s Manufacturing Program, visit