Making tech ‘Wurk’
WurkHub offers technology classes, information and space

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

Nov. 18, 2014

Kelly Lucia, left, talks with Mary Jane Sanchez during a one-on-one coaching
session Monday at WurkHub.

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WAUKESHA - Technology and corporate workspace converge at Waukesha’s Wurk Hub. Housed in a deceptively unassuming building at 417 W. Main St., the Wurk Hub offers everything from classes for tech newbies to workspace for seasoned IT professionals.

“Our goal is to teach people,” said owner Mary Jane Sanchez. “You know where to go for hammers and nails, but where do you go for technology?”

Saturday, Sanchez stood in the middle of the WurkHub as it buzzed with activity from the weekend’s West End Open House. Some passersby stopped in to grab a cup of chili while other people lounged on futons inside the building, clicking away on their laptops.

“It’s about building a community,” Sanchez said.

It’s been a dream of Sanchez’s to have a space that can offer classes to teach, for example, a grandmother how to use her brand-new smartphone while at the same time giving programmers a place to plug in and get some work done.

Items ranging from a little pumpkin to an elaborate iPhone case with moving gears, all created with a 3D printer, sit on display at WurkHub.
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“Maybe you don’t want to sit in the coffeehouse all day,” Sanchez said. “I have some programmers that come in here and just bring their laptop and hang out.”

Sanchez, a marketing strategist who has been immersed in the tech world for 10 years, offers simple classes for $20 a pop on topics such as social media, apps, Google and more. She can tailor classes for businesses that have specific online needs, and she often brings in guest speakers that can enlighten attendees on hardware like circuit boards and even 3D printers.

Every Tuesday morning she offers a session called Tech SOS, when people can come in with any technology question, such as getting photos from a smartphone to the computer or editing video.

“We’re teaching them all everyday skills,” Sanchez said. “It’s important for people to learn about technology to protect themselves. We can help them embrace it and learn that it’s not something to be afraid of.”