Kittrell Works to Strengthen Business & Industry Partnerships

Kittrell Works to Strengthen Business & Industry Partnerships

Matthew Kittrell joined the pirate family in the latter part of the Spring semester as the Senior Director of Industry and Employer Engagement at Fab Lab ICC. In this capacity, his primary objective is to establish and maintain strong connections between the institution and local businesses, industries, workforce development boards, chambers of commerce, and other relevant community organizations within the ICC service area.

Taylor Crawshaw, Vice President for Academic Affairs, expressed enthusiasm about the integration of Fab Lab ICC and industry partners under a single leadership role, stating, "ICC is thrilled to unify Fab Lab ICC and involve our industry partners through this dedicated position. We anticipate expanding our services and seizing new opportunities."

Kittrell's responsibilities encompass spearheading initiatives that promote active involvement with industry stakeholders, including employers. Additionally, he will undertake the role of Carl D. Perkins Grant Coordinator.

Kittrell acknowledged the significance of this opportunity for Independence Community College in bridging the gap between education and industry, thereby increasing students' prospects of gaining practical experience in their respective fields. He emphasized his eagerness to engage with the community, inviting them to visit the Fab Lab and collaborate on tangible projects. He remarked on the Fab Lab's potential as a hub for idea-sharing, hands-on creation, and the exploration of the remarkable possibilities that arise when technology and creativity converge.

For further details about Fab Lab ICC and forthcoming industry partnerships, please contact Matthew Kittrell via email at

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