The Dr. Welch Workshop
A Makerspace at Penn College


A makerspace under development in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Carl Building Technologies Center will provide the environment – and essential tools – for students, faculty, and staff to collaborate on innovative projects in a dynamic learning setting.



What is a makerspace?

Makerspaces are collaborative learning centers with equipment and tools to dream, create and innovate in a community environment. The Dr. Welch Workshop will represent a combination of design, engineering, fabrication and education, where users can produce multidisciplinary projects in a dynamic learning setting. 

Makerspace rendering

“Makerspaces are an innovative means of supplying students with the resources, training and facilities to invent, experiment and produce unique products for either practical or aesthetic value. The space provides the means of implementing creative processes for both academic projects and personal inspiration.”

- Tom F. Gregory, associate vice president for instruction

Makerspace interior render

Design, engineering & fabrication.

The Dr. Welch Workshop will represent a combination of design, engineering, fabrication, and education, enabling users to complete multidisciplinary projects with support and inspiration from others within the college community.

The Dr. Welch Workshop will:


Encourage learning beyond curriculum


Inspire interdisciplinary cooperation.


Furnish equipment, tools, and raw materials to support innovation.


Support coursework.


Provide a constructive social option for students.

Layout of the makerspace

Construction Time-lapse

Construction timelapse

The design for the Penn College makerspace was created by students and refined and finalized by a committee of faculty and staff. The students who participated are Christopher D. Fox, of York, who earned an Associate of Applied Science in architectural technology in May 2017; John A. Gondy, of Glenmoore, a junior in residential construction technology and management: architectural technology concentration; and Thomas P. Abernatha, of Williamsport, who earned an Associate of Applied Science in architectural technology in May 2017. 

Support the Makerspace

Gifts to The Dr. Welch Workshop will allow us to create an informal, project-driven, and self-directed learning space for campus community to share their ideas, explore their concepts, and support invention in a highly collaborative and well-equipped space.

The following giving levels offer unique opportunities to be philanthropic leaders of this project:


The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College

$75,000 - Makerspace Name

Memorializing the late Dr. Marshall Welch Jr. Principal donor: Marshall Welch III


Gilmour Tinkertorium

$25,000 - Clean Zone Name

Fred Gilmour


Logue Fabritorium

$25,000 - Dirty Zone Name

George E. “Herman” Logue Jr.


$25,000 - Endowment to Support Project Materials for Students



$15,000 - “Think Space” Classroom



$10,000 - “Tool Up” Equipment Fund

William F. Geyer and Dorothy J. Gerring, Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Project, Young Industries Inc.


$5,000 - Individual Name on Plaque

The Alberts Family, Al and Jane Clapps, Bill and Veronica Muzic, PPL Electric Utilities

Gifts of any amount in support of the makerspace project will make a difference!

Give now

Complete the form below to donate to the project.


Give via mail

Send a check to:
(payable to Penn College Foundation)

Makerspace Project, DIF 64
Pennsylvania College of Technology
One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation, Inc. and Pennsylvania College of Technology are nonprofit 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organizations.