Citadel Mall adds DIY maker space

by John Steinberger | July 7, 2019 10:45 am

Citadel Mall now has a 3300 square foot space dedicated to helping people with do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. Reforge Charleston is an educational non-profit which provides equipment, materials and instruction for 3-D printing, metal-working, woodworking, laser cutting and engraving, milling, sewing, and more. The space is located across from OutSlide In near Belk.

The DIY space is available to members for the rate of $50 per month for adults and $30 per month for students. Minors must always be accompanied by an adult. There is a recurring class schedule[1] for learning new skills. Most classes are available to members for $10 and to non-members for $20. All of the instructors and staff are volunteers. About 75% of the equipment and materials are donated. Members who pay for one year in advance get a free month. Reforge Charleston will be collaborating with the Charleston County Public Library[2] system, which is operating DIY spaces in its new libraries.

The greater Charleston area has an estimated 35,000 jobs which are unfilled, mostly due to a lack of skilled worked. Residents learning new skills at Reforge Charleston may become inspired to enroll in trade certification classes at Trident Technical College, most of which may be completed in several months, and fill those high-demand jobs. Inquiries about the programs and the classes may by made at 843-900-MAKE (6253).

Endnotes:
  1. class schedule: https://www.reforge.io/classes/
  2. Charleston County Public Library: https://lowcountrysource.com/feature-this/bees-ferry-west-ashley-library-under-construction/

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