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The CCC Maker project published its first newsletter in November providing an update on the project.

The advisory committee met in October to provide strategic direction and CCC Maker presented at the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). Additionally, Pasadena City College was selected as the Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) to help colleges develop makerspaces.

Read the November CCC Maker 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.

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Advisory Committee Provides Inspiration and Direction

Dale Dougherty, Chair of the CCC Maker Advisory Committee, graciously hosted the groups’ first meeting at Maker Media, Inc. in San Francisco on October 27, 2016.

Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of Workforce & Economic Development, explained her vision for the project and how it fit within the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework. Then advisory committee members shared what fires them up about the potential impact of the CCC Maker project.

CCC Maker Statewide Project Manimg_4775ager, Carol Pepper-Kittredge, gave an overview of the structure, timeline, progress to date and the expected outcomes. You can review the presentation slides.

Next, Dale Dougherty, Founder and CEO, Maker Media, Inc., outlined the opportunities and challenges of applying the maker movement to the community college environment. Sonja Lolland, Vice President, Academic & Student Services, Yuba College provided her thoughts on innovating for student learning and success.

The group primarily spent time brainstorming and compiling ideas to drive the success of the project. To start the discussion, they focused on three audiences: students, faculty and the business community, seeking compelling reasons for each to be involved with community college makerspaces. The CCC Maker team is honored to be working with such insightful advisors and appreciates how they are contributing to this project.

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Colleges Eager to Join CCC Maker Project

California Community College representatives attending the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) conference held in Sacramento on October 8-11, 2016 were eager to learn more about the CCC Maker project. Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Statewide Project Manager, provided an update on the grant project.

NACCE participants discuss their college makerspace plans.

NACCE participants discuss their college makerspace plans.

“We are in the process of selecting the Technical Assistance Provided (TAP) that will work in the field with colleges to help them build and enhance their college maker spaces,” said Pepper-Kittredge, who represents Sierra College, the project fiscal agent and overall Technical Assistance Provider for the California Community College Chancellor’s Office InnovationMaker3 grant.

“The TAP to support colleges in implementing makerspaces, offering internships and supporting faculty in developing new curriculum will be selected by the end of October,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “The TAP will develop the college application for mini-grants. These applications are anticipated be available in late November and awarded at the beginning of 2017.”

She went on to explain that program partners and the TAP will provide open source information to mini-grant recipients as well as other California Community Colleges interested in establishing makerspaces. Pepper-Kittredge indicated that the anticipated support from the CCC Maker project includes:

  • Mapping the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Developing industry-endorsed skills training
  • Integrating social entrepreneurship into college curriculum
  • Connecting to K-12 maker education and networks
  • Integrating maker skills and methodologies into academic instruction
  • Integrating the 4Cs into academic instruction
  • Supporting paid student internships

Take a look at Carol Pepper-Kittredge’s CCC Maker presentation slides used at the NACCE Conference.

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CCC Maker Project Spotlight at NACCE

Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development, CCCCO made two presentations at the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship conference held in Sacramento on October 8-11, 2016. The CCC Maker project is supported by a grant from CCCCO Division of Workforce and Economic Development and fits with the division’s Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework.

Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development, CCCCO presenting at NACCE in Sacramento 2016

Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development, CCCCO presenting at NACCE in Sacramento 2016

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) has a mission to create a community college culture that fosters economic vitality through entrepreneurship.

Ton-Quinlivan’s remarks indicated that there has been a nationwide call to grow the maker movement. “Makerspaces enable students to get hands-on experience to design and invent with other makers in fields such as science, technology, engineering, math, and art (STEM/STEAM),” said Ton-Quinlivan.

She indicated that the $17 million InnovationMaker3 grant that is funding the CCC Maker project is targeted at preparing a strong workforce. “As opposed to the traditional instructor-led classroom model where students learn through observation, makerspaces provide students with access to space, support and equipment to physically make things,” said Ton-Quinlivan. “Students get hands-on experience with new tools that they might end up working with once they enter the workforce.”

As the largest community college system in the nation, she anticipates that college makerspaces will prepare the diverse student body for STEM careers where women and minorities are underrepresented. “If we want to grow the STEM/STEAM economy, we need to increase access to education for all diverse populations,” said Ton-Quinlivan. “We also need to provide new educational environments that prepare all students with the skills needed to join an innovative workforce.”

See Van Ton-Quinlivan’s presentation slides on the new CCC Maker Project from the 2016 NACCE conference.

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Maker Spaces to Enhance Student Experience

During the 2016 National Week of Making, California Community Colleges announced the first statewide community college makerspace initiative of its kind in the nation to prepare students for the Creative Economy.

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), Workforce and Economic Development Division,  established the INNOVATIONMAKER3 and STEM/STEAM Workforce Development grant and selected Sierra College to be the fiscal agent and technical assistance provider, according to  Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development, CCCCO.

“We want all Californian’s to be competitive for future jobs that value ‘Maker’ skill sets,” said Ton-Quinlivan.

Over three years, $17,000,000 will be used to prepare California students to participate in the Nation of Makers. The grant will support college maker spaces, develop student internships, support faculty in incorporating 21st century skills into curriculum and share best practices.

 Read more about the announcement for the California Community College Maker Initiative.

(Photographer Daryl Stinchfield, courtesy of Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College)

 

 

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Report Supports College Maker Movement

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) produced a report on college makerspaces as a resource for California Community Colleges within the Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework established by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Division of Workforce and Economic Development. The report, Promoting Engagement of the California Community Colleges with the Maker Movement,” suggests that makerspaces can create an environment where students can develop skills sought by industry and enhance their college experience.

Makerspaces are seen as “complementary learning environments to the traditional classroom and helps participants develop skills that differ from those developed in traditional student projects and learn-by-doing classes,” according to M. Daniel Decillis in the CCST article, CCST Releases Roadmap for Engaging California Community Colleges and Makerspace Movement.”