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CCC Maker Regional Meet-up Held in San Bernardino

Photo Caption: Team members from Mt San Jacinto, Moreno Valley and San Bernardino Community Colleges at the San Bernardino Community College District Offices for the CCC Maker Meet-up on March 10th.

CCC Maker held a Regional Meet-up in San Bernardino, hosted by San Bernardino Community College District on March 10. Representatives from ___three # CCC Maker Colleges in the Inland Empire participated.

They heard presentations from Salomon Davila and Deborah Bird about the process of makerspace development and discussed with the Technical Assistance providers the unique opportunities and challenges at the community colleges in the Inland Empire.

They explored the student experience in the makerspace environment and compared their own experiences with generations of making within their own families, including everything from rebuilding car engines, to quilting and coding.

During the workshop portion, CCC Maker college teams, including administrators and faculty leads from science and math, graphic design and computer science, worked together with the TAPs to develop strategies for creating makerspaces for their communities. They shared the challenges of planning a makerspace linked to their college and suggested ways to make their makerspaces responsive to their rapidly changing regional ecosystem.

To help colleges prepare to take their initial research from the self-study and ecosystem maps into a plan, they followed a design thinking process facilitated by the Technical Assistance Providers, Deborah Bird and Salomon Davila. Participants formulated a shared understanding of their college’s unique opportunities, including the availability of dedicated space, existing mobile labs, and also considered the challenges of the student experience, including a high percentage of part-time students. Teams explored how the outcomes of the CCC Maker project aligned with their makerspace efforts including developing maker curriculum, building an inclusive maker community, offering student internships and work based learning, and participating with other colleges in a Community of Practice. With a regional community now in place, the teams determined their next steps in the makerspace planning process and are looking forward to their next follow-up meeting.

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SSTI Publishes Article on CCC Maker

The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) published an article highlighting elements of the CCC Maker project on March 1, 2017.

SSTI is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving initiatives that support prosperity through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The SSTI article, $17M California makers initiative creating community college model, describes how California Community Colleges are collaborating to develop a model to use educational makerspaces to enhance students’ college experiences. Students would develop 21st Century skills to prepare them for work, learn skills needed in STEM/STEAM careers and practice innovation and entrepreneurial skills.

It also mentions that the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) published a report, Promoting Engagement of the California Community Colleges with the Maker Movement that described strategies being used by educational institutions to incorporate making and makerspaces into the education experience. And references Creating a Network of Community Colleges with Makerspaces: California’s CCC Maker Model , co-written by  Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CCC Maker Statewide Project Manager and Paul DeVoe, CCC Maker Implementation Team Consultant.


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CA’s Maker Initiative Spurs Innovation and Workforce Development Across 35 Community Colleges

February 14, 2017 – The California Community College Chancellor’s Office is making a statement with its recent three-year, $17 million dollar investment in a statewide network of 35 maker-focused colleges. The California Community College (CCC) Maker Initiative will support nearly one third of the state system’s colleges—and their entrepreneurial students, innovative faculty, and unique makerspaces. Read more


CCC Maker Initiative Quarterly Report – 9-1-16 to 12-31-2016

The attached Quarterly Report September 1 – December 30, 2016 provides a summary of activities and accomplishments of the CCC Maker Initiative in the last quarter of 2016. Sierra College is the Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) for the InnovationMaker3 #16-203-001 grant funded by the by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Workforce and Economic Development Division, Doing What MATTERs for Jobs and the Economy framework.


CCC Maker Update – February 7 Now Available

Check out the most recent CCC Maker Update – February 7 reporting on the Advisory Committee Meeting held at Pasadena City College. There will also be a webinar in February presented by Brie Lindsey of CCST sharing insights from the ISAM conference held at MIT where CCC Maker participated with other colleges and universities that offer makerspaces to their students.



CCC Maker Milestones

The CCC Maker Initiative is working with 35 California Community Colleges to develop a Community of Practice to explore how to plan, establish and manage inclusive, sustainable makerspaces.

The initiative envisions that faculty will embed making into curriculum, businesses will offer internships, students will develop in-demand STEM/STEAM skills to prepare them for careers and colleges will develop unique makerspaces that reflect their communities.

By sharing experiences as they go through this process, college representatives from around the state will learn from each other. The Technical Assistance Provider and other services providers will be offering webinars and other resources to support the colleges in this journey.

The CCC Makerspace Start-up Packet provides an overview of the anticipated activities over the next few months.

Below are the milestones that colleges will be working on in the first half of 2017.


CCC Maker Project Updates – January 19

Progress on the CCC Maker Initiative as of January 19, 2017:

  • Confirmed 35 Colleges’ Intent to Participate. They will receive $40,000 seed grants to participate in Makerspace Start-up through June 2017
  • Continued to offer a series of Ecosystem Mapping webinars
  • Planned upcoming webinars that will offer resources for colleges planning makerspaces

Read more in the newsletter.


CCC Project Updates – January 11, 2017

Initiative Update on January 11, 2017

In December 2016, the CCC Maker project:

  • Distributed Information to eligible colleges about applying for a $40,000 seed grant to participate in Makerspace Start-up from December 2016-June 2017
  • Offered an introductory webinar on CCC Makerspace Start-up
  • Conducted the first Ecosystem Mapping webinar.

Read more in the newsletter.

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Colleges Participating in the CCC Maker Initiative

The following 35 California Community Colleges submitted a letter in mid-January indicating their  Intent to Participate in the CCC Maker Initiative. The group kicked off their participation in CCC Maker Makerspace Start-up at a welcome webinar on January 20. These colleges will be getting seed grants of $40,000 to plan their makerspaces. They will also be eligible to apply for CCC Maker implementation grants in June 2017.

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
Cosumnes River College
Crafton Hills College
Folsom Lake College
Foothill College
Glendale College
Golden West College
Hartnell College
Laney College
MiraCosta College
Moorpark College
Moreno Valley College
Mt. San Antonio College
Mt. San Jacinto College
Norco College
Orange Coast College
Palomar College
Pasadena City College
Riverside City College
Sacramento City College
Saddleback College
San Bernardino Valley College
San Diego City College
Sierra College
West Los Angeles College
Woodland College
Yuba College