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CCC Maker Colleges Apply for Implementation Grants

The CCC Maker Initiative is creating a network of California community colleges focused on producing creative, skilled, innovation-ready graduates. The CCC Maker project team led 34 colleges through a six-month long collaborative process of introspection, experimentation and communication to develop original makerspace implementation plans.

At a CCC Maker culminating event on May 19, 2017, 28 college teams presented their plans to an audience of their peers and advisers. Presenters outlined their strategy to create customized, student-centered makerspaces supported by a community of practice, interdisciplinary curriculum, and work-based learning opportunities. Teams then shared their plans with the public during the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA.

After gathering feedback, 28 colleges submitted proposals for CCC Maker makerspace implementation grants on June 16, 2017. Grant recipients will be announced in mid-July.

The colleges that submitted proposals were:

Allan Hancock College
American River College
Butte College
Cabrillo College
Chaffey College
City College of San Francisco
College of Alameda
College of San Mateo
College of the Canyons
Folsom Lake College
Foothill College
Glendale College
Golden West College
Hartnell College
Laney College
Moorpark College
Moreno Valley College
Mt. San Antonio Colllege
Mt. San Jacinto College
Orange Coast College
Palomar Community College
Sacramento City College
Saddleback College
San Bernardino Valley College
San Diego City College
Sierra College
Woodland Community College
Yuba College


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Sierra College Mechatronics Students’ Projects Benefit Humanity

Originally appeared in the Colfax Record on June 5, 2017.

Sierra College students invent for social good at makerspace

Sierra College mechatronics students developed and presented projects designed to make a positive impact on the world at a May 22 showcase event at Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College.

The students were supported by US Bank and the Sierra College Foundation.

Vivian Raeside won first-place for her “Solar-Powered Water Purification System.” David Ramey won second-place for his “Mech 90 Rat Trap” and Barbara Nichols won third-place for her “Automatic Cat Food Dispenser.”

Read the rest of the article about Sierra College Mechatronics student inventors and the benefit of Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College in the Colfax Record. Sierra College Students invent for social good at makerspace


June 15 Newsletter Provides Initiative Updates

In May and early June, CCC Maker Colleges celebrated the completion of the seed grant makerspace planning phase.

  • 28 colleges presented their implementation plans at the culminating event on May 19
  • Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor, Workforce & Economic Development Division, CA Community Colleges hosted a reception for participating colleges on the eve of the Culmination Celebration.
  • CCC Maker had a booth at the Bay Area Maker Faire and Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Statewide Project Manager, was on two panel presentations
  • Deborah Bird and Carol Pepper-Kittredge as well as several colleges participated in the Maker Ed 3rd Annual Maker Educator Convening in May and held a Higher Education meet-up at the event
  • Deborah Bird and Salomon Davila, CCC Maker TAP, have been meeting with colleges to refine their implementation plans and proposals due June 16

Read the rest of the articles and check the calendar in the June CCC Maker Newsletter.

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CCC Maker Presents at Green Tech Summit

(LtoR) Carl Smith, President of Green Technology, Deborah Bird, CCC Maker TAP, & Tom Cappelleti, Professor Graphic Communication, Sacramento City College

(LtoR) Carl Smith, President of Green Technology, Deborah Bird, CCC Maker TAP, & Tom Cappelleti, Professor Graphic Communication, Sacramento City College

Deborah Bird, CCC Maker TAP, with Tom Cappelleti, Professor Graphic Communication, Sacramento City College, presented at the Green Summit in Sacramento held on April 26-27.

The presentation explored the relationship between the CCC Maker Movement and the green economy and the potential for green technology employers to offer Internships to prepare students for careers in this rapidly growing area.

Several CCC Maker colleges have offered Green Challenges to students to inspire maker and entrepreneurial projects, such as Cosumnes River College’s Solar Club which, according to Torence Powell, Associate Vice President, Instruction and Student Learning, will be fabricating solar generators for Haiti this year.

Hilary Goodkind, the CCC Maker Project Lead, College of San Mateo, reports that their team is proposing organizing their makerspace proposals around new sustainability initiatives on their campus.

Several other colleges will propose projects with a strong green component, such as the tiny house project at Laney College and the aquaponics themed makerspace under consideration at Woodland College.


CCC Maker Implementation Plan – Budget (April 28, 2017)

Developing the Makerspace Budget for your Implementation Plan. This webinar will cover the process of creating your budget detail and summary, matching funds calculation, budget narrative and total funding request. TAP will offer guidance in aligning funding request to overall Implementation Plan outcomes.

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CCC Maker Implementation Plan – Internships (April 25, 2017)

Developing the Internship plan for your Implementation Plan. This webinar will cover the CCC Maker Internship types and definitions, Work based Learning strategies, 21st Century skills development and how to integrate these into your overall Implementation Plan outcomes.

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CCC Maker Implementation Plan – Makerspace Equipment (April 26, 2017)

Developing the Makerspace Equipment plan for your Implementation Plan. This webinar will cover strategies for developing your equipment list based on your college needs and capacity, ranges of equipment packages and how to integrate makerspace equipment into your overall Implementation Plan outcomes.

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CCC Maker Start-up Celebration and Maker Faire Events (May 1, 2017)

This webinar will covered the preparations, logistics and outcomes for the Celebration, presentations and participation in the Maker Faire events from 5/19 – 5/21.

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CCC Maker Implementation Plan – Work Plans (4/24/2017)

Developing the Work Plans for your Implementation Plan. This webinar will offer guidance in generating the Work Plan in alignment to key outcomes and implementation strategies.

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CCC Maker Update April 13, 2017

In April, the CCC Maker newsletter provided an update on the college makerspace initiative. Colleges attended regional meet-ups to build connections that will form the state-wide community of practice and work on their makerspace implementation plans. The CCC Maker initiative also sponsored New World of Work 21st Century Skills Training for makerspace teams. The City College of San Francisco makerspace planning team explained how they used visual mind maps as a technique to collect ideas and build community.

Read the April 13, 2017 CCC Maker Update.