What do a wireless 4k TV monitor, an industrial tool inventory vending machine and a transformed classroom have in common?

All three are investments made possible by a program through the NMCC Foundation, called the Investing in Innovation Fund, which earmarks funds for innovative projects.

For more than ten years, the Investing in Innovation Fund has given approximately $40,000 toward the purchase of equipment that wouldn't otherwise be funded through College department budgets. The endowment this year has funded three projects worth over $6,000.

When the medical coding students returned to campus after spring break, they were surprised with a newly remodeled classroom that now mirrors technology used in hospitals and healthcare settings. The new set-up provides dual monitors along with desktop computers.

Funds also allowed the business technology department to upgrade the TV in a conference room. Students utilize this space and technology for group projects and were often seen trying to design presentations using a 36-inch screen monitor. Now students have a 55-inch UHD 4K LED monitor to easily share, review and critique their ideas.

The Precision Machining Technology Program (PMT) will implement a comprehensive tooling inventory and management system—otherwise known as a “vending machine.” PMT instructor Dean Duplessis says, “The vending machine will prepare students for the actual experience of working for a company, utilizing modern secured delivery methods for tooling, and requiring better organization skills.

For more information about NMCC’s programs, visit www.nmcc.edu