Guided Makerspace Skills Exploration Application



About the Program

MakeHaven has received an Empower Makers Grant from Stanley Black and decker to provide coaching and support to members whose goals are to gain new, career-relevant maker skills. Participants will set goals for earning badges and receive encouragement to reach their goal. 

We intend to conduct four sessions of 10 to 20 individuals with strong interest in career mobility though upskilling their maker abilities. Each three month cohort will participate in a part-time, hands-on makerspace based experience guided by our coach who tracks progress of each participant and directs graduates to appropriate resources. 

We envision the 3 month program for each cohort will be organized in phases.
Phase 1 - Explore - Over a 8-week period participants are oriented to the makerspace, then 6 microcredentials across metalworking, woodworking, textile, digital fabrication. 
Week Topic Activity Skills
Week 1

Coach Checkin

Getting Setup


10 minute coach scheduled 1 on 1 coach check in to discuss goals.
(via phone)
MakeHaven Onboarding (individually scheduled)

1 Orientation

1 Call

Week 2  Meet and Greet

General  Meeting of Cohort, program overview
and Goal Sharing

1 Group Meeting
Week 3 Digital Fabrication
Vinyl Cutter -Group Activity
Plus Individual choice/schedule of:
2 Skills
Week 4  Textiles

Sewing Machines -- All Group Activity

Plus Individual choice/schedule of:

Vinyl Screen Printing or Sailrite Sewing Machine

2 Skills
Week 5 Woodworking

Woodshop Overview and
Compound Miter Saw -- Group Activity

Plus Individual choice/schedule of:

Table Saw or Drill Press

1 Shop Orientation

1 Skills

Week 6 Metal

Metal Shop Overview

Small Metal Drill Press -- Group Activity

Plus Individual choice/schedule of:

Chop Saw or Mig Welding


1 Shop Orientation

1 Skill

Week 7 Planning / Group Progress

Group meeting to share progress

1 Group Meeting
Week 8

Coach Checkin 

Invidividual Skill
Goal Setting

10 minute coach scheduled 1 on 1 coach check in
(via phone) to choose skills and project to exibit.
1 Call
Phase 2 - Experience - Participant select a focus area and earns a minimum of four additional tool credentials in that area, and complete work on a personal project, planned in collaboration with their coach. (4 weeks)
Suggested Tools In focused experience:
Phase 3 - Exhibit - At the end of the 12th week participants meet to exhibit their project to the community for feedback and to demonstrate earned competency. Following the show and tell there will be a last short check in to debrief with participant and attempt to connect to any career, entrepreneurship, or continuing education resources.  Projects can be selected from the list at: or of the participant's own design.
Cohorts will have periodic opportunities for sharing progress and discovery with the group.
Participants may be existing members of MakeHaven or new recruits to MakeHaven. The program is provided at no cost to individuals, but participants will need to maintain a MakeHaven membership for the duration of the program. Scholarships are available where there is financial need.
Cohorts will be selected through an application process. Successful applicants will demonstrate how maker skills is likely to help them increase income through entrepreneurship, new employment or promotion.  An emphasis will be put on building cohorts that include strong representation of underserved people, underrepresented people, workers displaced by the pandemic and female participants.
After completing the requirements of the program the participant will earn a certificate issued by MakeHaven. 

Program Coordinator and Coach

Randi Mccray

Randi McCray is a dynamic highly skilled facilitator with ten years experience leading group conversations, training, and workshops with diverse groups.

She is a New Haven native with a passion for owning her own business and giving back to her community.  After a career in tech at Yale University for 18 years, Randi now works as a consultant for non-profits while completing her Ph.D. in Public Policy.  In addition to co-collaborating at the Urban Collective, she is an adjunct professor at three local colleges in CT.


Cohort Start Dates:
April 13, 2022 - Cohort one
May 25, 2022  - Cohort two
TBD* - Cohort Three 
*Cohort three will commence once waiting list of approved applications is sufficient for a full cohort.
Must be 18 or older to participate.
You can contact with questions.


Scholarship Application