About the Executive Director - Jason R. Allen
Allen is a seasoned professional with a rich background in both the operational and marketing aspects of small businesses, coupled with a track record of technical innovation in CNC machines and 3D printing for custom sign-making and prototyping. His unique strengths extend beyond technical proficiency to include a natural talent for communication, vision-building, and fostering structural innovation. Notably, Allen dedicated two and a half years to an innovative high school program in Fayette County, where he left an indelible mark on pedagogical and organizational fronts.
In the realm of pedagogical innovations, Allen developed the "5 P’s" framework, guiding students through Proposal, Pattern-Making, Prototyping, Production, and Presentation. He also pioneered community-engaged learning, encouraging real-world problem-solving and collaboration. Additionally, Allen introduced models of student leadership, emphasizing specialization within project teams and promoting high levels of responsibility.
On the organizational front, Allen led key structural changes at The Learning Center, reorganizing it into departments based on end-product form. He spearheaded the "Department of Innovation," featuring co-located classrooms for different innovation phases. Allen connected student roles directly to project completion, fostering a sense of community responsibility. Regular showcases highlighted student projects, reinforcing community engagement and accountability.
Allen's talent for forging connections and communicating vision is evident in his success securing donations and partnerships, including 3D printers, CNC machines, and collaborations with entities like the University of Kentucky Solar Car Team and Microsoft. His unique blend of technical and cultural innovation is showcased through his involvement in artistic and product development work, emphasizing a holistic approach to community-focused projects and education. Allen's accomplishments highlight both technical expertise and a deep understanding of effective teamwork and relationship-building.