Providing an Environment for Working Learners of All Ages

Model Summary

FirstBuild engages working learners of all ages in the development, technology, production and sale of next-generation appliances. The FirstBuild micro-factory in Kentucky provides University of Louisville students an opportunity to connect classroom learning and production skills. The facility also provides a community space for innovators of all ages where they can access the expertise and support needed for their custom projects.

Key Elements of the Model

  • Paid internships and jobs
  • Mentorship
  • On-the-job training
  • Career awareness and exploration
  • Transferable interpersonal and intrapersonal skills
  • Relationship building
  • Technical skills needed in advanced manufacturing