RUTLAND, VT – The MINT – Rutland’s Makerspace has hired Jeff DeJarnette as the first paid staff member. DeJarnette has been a member of The MINT community since its opening and is a knowledgeable maker with a background in multi-media communications. DeJarnette will be working part-time at The MINT on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 to 8 P.M. as well as Saturdays from 12 to 8 P.M.
The funding for the position was provided by a grant from Green Mountain Power (GMP) through REDC, which offered $50,000 to help up-fit and prepare The MINT for its opening last year. The GMP funding is part of a $100,000 grant to REDC to support economic development and job growth in the region.
“We’re pleased to be able to continue to support The MINT, which has quickly become an exciting and fun economic development tool,” GMP Vice President Steve Costello said. “It is bringing together education, opportunity, tools and space to allow people to expand their skills and their production capabilities, whether as an individual or small business.”
DeJarnette’s experience as a maker is wide-ranging and he has assisted many other makers with their projects. Pete Gile, Executive Director of The MINT, says, “We are very excited that Jeff has decided to join our MINT team. He brings with him the perfect blend of maker experience, enthusiasm, problem-solving ability, organizational awareness, helpfulness and community spirit.”
DeJarnette holds an Associate’s Degree from Community College of Vermont in Multi-Media Communications with a focus on videography and photography. Additionally, DeJarnette enjoys CAD programming, the CNC machine, 3D printers, and the laser cutter.
DeJarnette says, “I like hanging out at The MINT, meeting cool people and having access to all the tools. The MINT is one of the greatest things to happen to Rutland since I have lived here.” DeJarnette’s staff hours at The MINT will provide makers with the chance to tour the facility, learn new tools, and receive feedback on projects.
Karen McCalla, a member of The MINT Operations Committee, says, “The addition of a part-time employee helps the MINT offer more support to makers, more classes for members and non-members and get more people in the Rutland area in touch with their creative spark.”
To learn more about The MINT memberships and classes, visit Jeff DeJarnette during his weekly staff hours Mondays through Wednesdays from 4 to 8 P.M. and Saturdays from 12 to 8 P.M. or visit The MINT’s website.
Contact: Lyle Jepson – 802-770-7061