COSMOS receives a General Motors Foundation grant

BEDFORD – COSMOS, partnering with the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council, is pleased to announce it received a $10,000 grant from General Motors Foundation to increase capacity at 3 digital fabrication labs and accessibility to over 750 students.

COSMOS currently has a digital fabrication lab in each district that was proudly funded in 2020 by the Regional Opportunities Initiatives (ROI) Digital Fabrication Lab Pilot Program Grant. Additional donors, HD Graphix, and Lawrence County STEAM continue to support the lab’s operations.

A fabrication lab is a dedicated space that empowers students to create functional solutions to authentic problems using computer-controlled tools like 3D printers, microelectronics, laser cutters, and CNC routers. Students will be engaged in experiential learning that allows them to develop the skills of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and adaptability. Fabrication lab teachers will collaborate with grade-level and content-area teachers to embed digital fabrication and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) into their instruction.

Joe Timbrook

“Our nation, state, and communities face a growing need for talent. To meet that need, many more people must earn technical certificates, college degrees, and industry-recognized certifications,” said Joe Timbrook, Director of Career Development at the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council.

Apryl Kidd

Apryl Kidd, Director of Initiatives at COSMOS, added, “To improve postsecondary attainment, students need relevant pathways to success and opportunities to develop and grow their employability skills. Without generous funding from the General Motors Foundation, we would not be able to continue to provide students with opportunities to create functional solutions to authentic problems and increase their exposure to careers within the STEM sector.”

About COSMOS: The collaboration of Shoals, Mitchell, and Orleans Schools are working to transform the educational experience for all students. Learn more on Facebook at

About the Lawrence County Growth Council: The Lawrence County Economic Growth Council is a non-profit, local economic development organization (LEDO) existing to support the growth of Lawrence County Businesses including startup support, workforce solutions, and technical assistance which promotes investment that improves the quality of life for our citizens. Learn more at