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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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Student Posters Build Awareness at Sacramento City College

To build enthusiasm for making, a student team designed posters that are being put up all over campus, explained Tom Cappelletti, Professor, Graphic Communication, Sacramento City College.

“There are eight students on the makerspace team representing Graphic Communication, Engineering Design Technology, Computer Science, and the Art Departments,” said Cappelletti. “They are an integral part of our planning and creating campus awareness.”


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Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

Sacramento City College student designed campaign to increase awareness on campus

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CCC Maker Newsletter – May 11, 2017

This news was originally published in the CCC Maker newsletter on May 11, 2017.

April/May CCC Maker project activities included:

  • Implementation Plan packets were distributed to colleges to use in submitting their makerspace plans on May 17.
  • A series of webinars were offered going over each section of the implementation plan.
  • Regional meet-ups were held in April in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Colleges Engage their Communities

 CCC Maker colleges are organizing events to build community and engage students in entrepreneurial and maker activities. These experiences will help shape their implementation plans.

At Cabrillo College, over 50 stakeholders participated in an all-day Makerspace Plan-a-thon on Friday, April 21, 2017. The convening supplemented on and off campus extensive stakeholder surveys. The goal was to explore makerspace needs, skills sought by employers, entrepreneurial support and internship opportunities.

College of San Mateo incorporated an Eco-Art competition and student pledge station into their 3rd annual Earth Day celebration. Over 90 students volunteered to make the event a success.

Chaffey College hosted a ‘We are makers’ event on May 4. The college’s creative design, technology and media programs held the open house in the Center for the Arts. From Engineering and Printing to Game Design and Theatre Technology, the participating programs revealed the diversity of making across the arts and sciences. It generated excitement among student makers and started building the college’s interdisciplinary community.

Sierra College students who are participating in the implementation planning process organized a Game Night at Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College on April 27 and a Maker Night on May 4. Each event attracted nearly 100 people, many of whom had not visited the makerspace previously.

Allan Hancock College put on a Maker Faire on May 6 with partners Santa Maria Public Library and Santa Maria Discovery Museum. College students helped participants create things at maker booths.

Laney College Pocket House has been named a finalist for their Pocket House in the Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) and will attend the CC Innovation Challenge Boot Camp in Arlington, VA in June and present their design solution in the Capital Building in Washington, D.C

Read the other articles in the May 11, 2017 CCC Maker newsletter here.
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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.

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Santa Cruz Tech Beat: Cabrillo Fab Lab

The following article, Cabrillo Fab Lab: Building Ideas by Payson McNett, Cabrillo College, Adjunct Faculty, Special to Santa Cruz Tech Beat, was originally published in Santa Cruz Tech Beat on April 13, 2017.

(Photo Above: Santa Cruz Tech Beat and Cabrillo College Fab Lab. A scene from the Cabrillo College Fab Lab. The lab is equipped with state of the art technology to assist students with learning skills for 3D printing and scanning, laser cutting and engraving, vinyl cutting, and CNC router capabilities. Contributed.)

Cabrillo College is participating in the CCC Maker initiative and contributing to the statewide Community College makerspace Community of Practice.

The article begins:

“How the Cabrillo Fab Lab came to be
Payson McNett, adjunct faculty member at Cabrillo College. (Contributed)
When I attended Cabrillo College, I was one of many students who thrived in the art department as a result of the nurturing environment and quality instruction I received in classical techniques. I was a student at two universities and several community colleges in my 11 year pursuit of an MFA degree, and Cabrillo’s fine arts faculty are some of the most talented instructors I have had. They were able to demonstrate their commitment to the community by offering quality art instruction – while working in sub-par studio classrooms.

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I returned to Cabrillo in 2014 to interview for an adjunct instructor position in the ceramics department. The facilities at the Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts (VAPA) complex were new to me and so was Dr. John Graulty, the Dean of VAPA. During my interview, I demonstrated a technique to apply texture to clay using a laser-cut stencil. This small portion of my presentation sparked Dr. Graulty’s and other committee members’ interest and opened up a new and exciting direction for the Cabrillo Studio Arts Department: digital fabrication.”

Continue reading this article in Santa Cruz Tech Beat.


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Sierra College Students Encouraged to Join Startup Hustle

To inspire budding entrepreneurs to take action, Sierra College is encouraging students to participate in Hacker Lab’s Startup Hustle six-week entrepreneurial boot camp. Sierra College is participating in the CCC Maker state-wide makerspace initiative.

Anyone can apply by May 3 at no charge by explaining the problems that they are investigating and the prospective customers who would benefit from their solutions as well as why they want to participate in Startup Hustle. Sierra College student applicants who are selected to participate can do so at a discounted rate of $46. The program runs from May 9 to June 21, 2017. Hacker Lab is also offering several free sessions open to the public that may benefit students.

A Sierra College press release included this information:

“This is the fourth time that Hacker Lab has offered Startup Hustle, according to Eric Ullrich, Co-Founder, Hacker Lab. “We’ve enhanced the tools and fine-tuned the training,” said Ullrich. “Our past participants have successfully launched startups, opened up new markets for their products, published their apps and won funding to take it to the next level. As part of our makerspace community, these founders will be sharing their success stories and helping to encourage the next round of participants.”

In the press release, Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Statewide Project Manager, CCC Maker, indicated that students can benefit from participating in Startup Hustle.

“Students will work alongside experienced professionals applying their college skills in a real world environment,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “Startup Hustle can help students apply their passion and discover new career pathways.”

Learn more about this entrepreneurial bootcamp at Startup Hustle.



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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.

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AACC: California colleges embrace maker culture to close skills gap

AACC 21st Center Center published California colleges embrace maker culture to close skills gap by Karen Fraser-Middleton and Carol Pepper-Kittredge on March 16, 2017.

The article explains that:

The CCC Maker Initiative builds skills and encourages greater student and faculty engagement.

In the largest higher education system in the United States with 2.1 million students, 35 California community colleges are participating in the CCC Maker Initiative to close the state’s middle-skills gap. The goal is to develop a successful education makerspace model to prepare students with 21st-century skills and encourage STEM/STEAM careers to fuel job creation and strengthen regional economies.

Read AACC: California colleges embrace maker culture to close skills gap