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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.

Digital fabrication
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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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

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Engineer at Sierra College Makerspace Mentors Students

The Placer Sentinel published an article on Peter Chang, Electrical Engineer, who generously shares his expertise with students and community members who have an idea and are trying to figure out a way to make it into a product at Hacker Lab Powered by Sierra College in Rocklin, CA.

peter-chang-show-class-project-dsc04580-lrIn addition to teaching, touring scouts around the makerspace and helping community members create new products, the article explains that:

Sierra College students have been mentored by Chang. According to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CCC Maker Statewide Project Manager, housed at Sierra College, college makerspaces provide an opportunity for students to work with industry experts to develop career skills. “Peter shows students how to methodically trouble shoot problems just like they’d need to do on the job,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “He has also mentored students on their capstone ‘Mechatronics for Humanity’ projects, helping them think of ways robotics can be used to make a difference in others’ lives. He works through the design and presentation with them. For instance, he helped students use microcontrollers for lighting and make boxes on the laser cutter to house the controls.”

Read the article Sierra College Students’ Imaginations Lit by Engineer at Hacker Lab in the Placer Sentinel.

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Learning by Design: Higher Education Makerspaces

Higher Education Makerspaces, Engaged Students, Hands-On-Skills, Interdisciplinary Connections by Mark Maves and Vincent Wilczynski was published in Learning by Design Spring 2017  pg. 16-19 and mentions the CCC Maker initiative.

The article begins: “The academic makerspace has emerged as a nascent and intriguing tool as higher education explores ways to enhance learning and innovation. It appears to hone critical thinking, develop teaming skills, advance capabilities in the application of knowledge, and foster self-directed leaning. Makerspaces forge new collaborations and interdisciplinary interaction across the campus, enrich the discussion about what ‘hybrid’ learning is, and contribute to the cultivation of a workforce that can work nimbly in an innovation economy.”

In the article, Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor, Workforce and Economic Development, California Community College Chancellor’s Office, provides background on the CCC Maker initiative:

“‘…we need to have a strong STEM/STEAM strategy in order to produce a strong workforce,’ said Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor of Workforce Development and Economic Development for California Community Colleges. We’re increasing investments in strategies that can build those types of skill sets. So connecting community colleges into the Maker Movement is part of our InnovationMaker portfolio.'”

Read the Higher Education Makerspaces article.

 

 

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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

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Sierra College Makerspace Featured in Manufacturing Podcast

Joe Hackman of Manufacturing Advocates Podcast visited Hacker Lab Powered by Sierra College this fall and asked about the impact that making has on students. Joe Hackman writes: “learn how innovation in the community college system and maker spaces can help fill middle skill manufacturing jobs.”

Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Statewide Project Manager, CCC Maker, is interviewed. Listen to what students say about the value of a community college makerspace.

Check out: Innovation in Education Sierra College and Hacker Lab EP3

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Newsletter Gives Project Update

The CCC Maker initiative sent out a newsletter on December 7, 2016 with updates on the project including participating in ISAM, the formation of the Nation of Makers and professional development plans.

Sign up for the newsletter.

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CCC Maker Team Presents at 1st International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces

Paul Devoe discusses the CCC Maker project during the ISAM conference Nov. 13-16, 2016 at MIT.

Paul DeVoe discusses the CCC Maker project during the ISAM conference Nov. 13-16, 2016 at MIT.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office CCC Maker project was selected to present at the 1st International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA on November 13-16, 2016.

During the poster sessions held on two of the afternoons, Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Statewide Project Manager, CCC Maker and Paul DeVoe, Principal Advisor, BusinessComposer had an opportunity to share information about the network of California Community Colleges forming a community of practice to incorporate makerspaces at their campuses.

 

Read the paper that was presented at the conference: Creating a Network of Community Colleges with Makerspaces: California’s CCC Maker Model.

 

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The CCC Maker project is part of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Workforce Development Division’s Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework.