Austin Community College Opens Third Manufacturing Business Incubator and Training Lab


The college opens Austin’s first innovative center focused on developing and manufacturing physical producers.

AUSTIN, Texas— Austin Community College (ACC) is expanding its manufacturing incubator to help students who want to get involved in Central Texas’ growing manufacturing sector.

The college celebrated the grand opening of its newest manufacturing incubator, the Impact LabOctober 14. The Impact Lab is the college’s third manufacturing business incubator and training lab.

While the Impact Lab is ACC’s third manufacturing incubator, according to a press release, it “is Austin’s first innovation center focused on developing and manufacturing physical producers.”

This new lab comes after U.S. Senator John Cornyn and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul toured ACC’s manufacturing spaces and announcement the CHIPS Act would provide $200 million to help fund workforce development.

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However, the ACC Impact Lab was funded by a grant from the National Economic Development Administration Regional Innovation Strategies, a program that aims to help elevate regional economies by funding “scalable” startups with a venture capital challenge. The Impact Lab has also secured funding from local organizations such as Austin Technology Incubator, Autodesk, City of Austin, and Amazon Web Services.

Students can gain hands-on experience using the facility’s workspaces and provided tools for prototype and assembly testing. ACC’s 5,000 square foot facility also includes a variety of 3D printers and different systems used for laser cutting, engraving and etching.

Guests at the grand opening were able to tour the new facilities, learn about the use of the lab as well as local manufacturing startups, and participate in a career exploration event.

Companies and students interested in applying to use Impact Lab can apply on line.

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