The three year CCC Maker Initiative is supporting a network of California Community College to create a maker culture at their campuses and establish makerspaces, funding 800 internships, and sharing best practices to infuse making, innovation and entrepreneurship into students’ college experiences to prepare them for STEM/STEAM careers.

We believe that makerspaces can change education, so CCC Maker colleges will:

  • Build community within their ecosystem
  • Create unique makerspaces that fit their campus and welcome non-traditional students
  • Offer internships with employers and prepare students STEM/STEAM careers
  • Support faculty in embedding making, innovation and entrepreneurship into instruction to develop career pathways and stackable credentials

As a result of offering resources, connecting colleges and encouraging makerspace plans that fit community needs, CCC Maker colleges will create relevant career pathways and stackable credentials, promote student success and get Californians into open jobs.

Process to Build Maker Communities at Colleges

Year two – Colleges awarded Implementation Grants – July 2017 to June 2018

In July 2017, CCC Maker announced that 24 colleges won implementation grants ranging from $100,000 to $350,000 that are renewable for a second year. During year two, we are moving from planning to implementation and empowering college teams to actively support, guide and build community among our CCC Maker colleges.

Colleges will be encouraged to become leaders in the CCC Maker initiative community, teaching each other, sharing resources, telling each other their failures and resolutions, working together with employers to arrange internships, conducting webinars, offering tours, telling student stories, making curriculum available and contributing to the overall success of the state-wide college maker community.

Developing student leaders in another priority during the two-year implementation phase. College makerspaces will facilitate student led activities and support the development of student leaders through this process. Several colleges have students and faculty participating in the Stanford University Innovation Fellows.

Year two will kick off with a CCC Maker event for colleges that were awarded grants on August 17 followed by a CCC Maker-sponsored CCST symposium on Friday, August 18. Both events will be in Berkeley.

The colleges that were awarded implementation grants are:

  • 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 Community College
  • Golden West College
  • Hartnell College
  • Laney College
  • Moorpark College
  • Moreno Valley College
  • Mt. San Antonio College
  • Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Sacramento City College
  • San Bernardino Valley College
  • Sierra College
  • Woodland Community College


Year one – Makerspace Start up Seed Grants
January – June 2017

In January 2017, 34 Colleges were awarded Makerspace Start up Seed Grants of $40,000. During this planning phase, while colleges were provided resources to get started and our mantra was “we are all in this together.”

These colleges were provided resources, training sessions, regional meet-ups and others support to develop a customized plan by June 2017 focused on community, curriculum, internships and makerspaces to produce innovation-ready graduates.

These 28 unique college makerspace implementation plans documented:

  • 2700+ ecosystem partners
  • 1,000+ student and community activity participants
  • 200+ engaged faculty members, 50+ administrators and 100+ student team members who served on makerspace planning teams
  • 1,400 student internships were proposed
  • $10m in matched resources that will be leveraged by the colleges

The initiative and our service providers created a shared body of knowledge on college makerspace start-up that included:

  • 14 recorded webinars
  • 12 workshops and regional meet-ups
  • 130 requests for one-on-one consulting from Technical Assistance Providers
  • 15 site visits
  • 40 college-to-college connections.

The CCC Maker project shared this knowledge through the website and participation in three conference panels.

In May 2017, 28 colleges presented their plans at a culminating event on May 19, 2017 and participated in the Bay Area Maker Faire over the weekend. In June 2017, 28 colleges submitted proposals for CCC Maker grants of up to $350,000 per year for two years. In July 2017, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office announced that 24 colleges received grants that are renewable for a second year.

Resources that were developed during this process can be viewed here.

College Documents

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