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Hacker Lab Expanding to New Space in Rocklin


ROCKLIN, CA -- Hacker Lab Powered by Sierra College will expand to a new location down the street at 4415 Granite Drive in Rocklin in early 2017, announced Eric Ullrich, Co-Founder, Hacker Lab. "This expansion from 3,800 sq. ft. to over 15,000 sq. ft. is possible because of the tremendous support from the community, especially Sierra College and the City of Rocklin," said Ullrich.
Hacker Lab Powered by Sierra College is hosting a holiday get-together at the new space on Thursday, December 15 starting at 7 PM. "It is a big empty space right now and we want the community to give us their ideas on how we can build it out," said Ullrich. Attendees can RSVP online at . Guests are asked to bring a holiday dish and beverages to share, and wear warm clothes as the space is not currently heated.
According to Willy Duncan, Superintendent/President, Sierra College, the community has embraced the makerspace. "The City of Rocklin has been an outstanding partner in supporting the makerspace where people of all ages can participate in events and classes, using tools to apply Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) for business prototyping and personal projects," said Duncan.
"Hacker Lab has also been a great resource for Sierra College faculty who are using the space to enrich their curriculum as well as connect students to business tools and mentors," said Duncan.
According to Ullrich, the new space is nearly four times bigger than the existing site which will allow Hacker Lab to provide office space to entrepreneurs or people who want to move out of their home offices as well as artists' studios. "At our Midtown Sacramento location, the office space has incubated startups and we see the same thing happening in Placer County," said Ullrich. "Securing a space here is much more than just being a tenant. Those who anchor their business at Hacker Lab will become a part of our maker community and benefit from the many talents and experiences that our members generously share with each other."
The new space is expected to have a greatly expanded wood working, metal shop and CNC machining area. Members will also have access to specialty areas such the sewing, electronics, and virtual reality development labs. "Conference and huddle rooms as well as training areas will be incorporated into to the new space," said Ullrich.
Less than three years ago, Sierra College connected with Hacker Lab and formed one of the first private/public partnerships in the country to build a community makerspace. Now through a Workforce Development grant from the California Community College Chancellor's Office, Sierra College is supporting community colleges throughout the state in rolling out makerspaces with the CCC Maker initiative, explained Duncan.
"Sierra College is excited about Hacker Lab's positive impact and how it has become a model for connecting community colleges with the wider community," said Duncan. "This expansion means that Hacker Lab Powered by Sierra College will be able to provide even more resources to drive innovation in the City of Rocklin and the region."

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