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.
“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