The Fiscal Agent and Technical Assistance Provider for the CCC Maker Project is Sierra College. The Statewide Project Director, CCC Maker is Carol Pepper-Kittredge who is based at Sierra College. The implementation team guiding the colleges includes leadership from Sierra College, the Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) from Pasadena City College and outside consultants.
Carol began as a maker in middle school, learning how to sew and work with textiles. After graduating from college, she went back to community college and took woodshop classes, learning how to make cabinets, panel doors and decorative molding.
While managing Sierra College’s training and development program, Carol met a machinist who said, “you need to read this great book called Fab!” (Neil Gershenfield, Center for Bits & Atoms, MIT); this opened her mind to the possibility that Making was achievable for everyone and actually flourished in communities with economic, social, and cultural diversity.
The discovery of the Bay Area Maker Faire and Make Magazine followed, and suddenly it was all too clear – every student, every child, every adult deserved the opportunity to Make and become a lifelong learner, an achiever of personal value, satisfaction, and contributor to the community in which they lived.
In 2015, in partnership with a team of administrators, faculty and staff and the leadership from Hacker Lab, a private makerspace and coworking space in Sacramento, “Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College” opened in Rocklin, CA. It was one of the first private public partnerships in the nation to collaboratively create a makerspace open to the public and community college students. In 2016, she was selected at the Statewide Project Manager for the CCC Maker initiative.
In her spare time, Carol likes to hang out in the textiles lab and continue to experiment with customization and personalization.
Deborah knows from personal experience how making develops the adaptive skills necessary for survival in the rapidly changing world of work. As a kid in New Zealand, Deborah began making textiles, building tree houses and hacking toys for soapbox derbies. She still enjoys cooking, knitting and building today. After teaching high school business studies in Australia during the emergence of the personal computer, Deborah worked as an independent animation producer just as the digital revolution began to transform mass media. After a decade in Los Angeles film production, Deborah earned a Masters of Architecture at a time when rapid prototyping was redefining design and fabrication methodologies.
Having experienced the impact of accelerating technological change across every phase of her career, Deborah recognized the challenges outlined in the work of Brynjolfsson and McAfee and became a passionate advocate for making as a way to ‘future-proof’ our students.
As co-founder of the Pasadena City College FabLab, Deborah piloted an innovative pathway synthesizing interdisciplinary curriculum, integrated academics, career exploration and 21st century skills development resulting in improved student success. Now, as a Technical Assistance Provider in the CCC Maker Initiative, Deborah is dedicated to bringing this transformative vision to scale across the California Community Colleges to empower all our students to meet the challenges and opportunities of an unknown future.
Salomon Davilia (coming soon)
Paul DeVoe, MHA, BA, AA
When colleges choose to create and grow makerspaces, it is not uncommon for them to realize that successful makerspaces take hard work, assistance, and an effective blue print to follow. My great passion is in supporting these efforts to bring innovative makerspaces to students. I have seen students thrive with this unique culture and educational content.
My professional background includes leadership roles in large healthcare systems, a successful consulting business in business strategy and startups, and teaching classes for community colleges and four-year colleges. I have started and own several businesses that have given me insight and empathy for new businesses. I have a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Iowa, a B.A. from the University of Iowa, and an A.A. from Iowa Central Community College.
I enjoy many kinds of making, mostly as it relates to art and woodworking.
I have always been willing to try new things and take risks. I’m not afraid to ask stupid questions! I like to understand the big picture and then work on the details to get the work done. When I started in governmental accounting, processes were cumbersome and complicated. I like to simplify the accounting process and requirements so they are easy to understand, even when you don’t have experience or a background in accounting. I found that people really appreciated this and it made me feel like I was making a difference.
The CCC Maker Initiative is creating an environment that embraces new ideas and promotes different ways of doing things, especially for our young people. As a result, I think we’ll recognize that students will create their own success and won’t necessarily follow the traditional education path. I am excited to be contributing to a team that is ultimately creating a community that thrives because of the members’ differences rather than their similarities.
Karen believes that immersing students with makers and entrepreneurs in makerspaces gives students priceless practical career experiences not available in the classroom. She has seen firsthand that when students are part of a makerspace community, their perspectives shift in unexpected ways and they discover what they really care about doing. It is life changing.
Karen started tinkering as a child with her father, taking apart can openers and other household products to see how they worked and making inventions, and then progressed to sewing, making her own patterns.
Karen was in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley when she fell in love with economics and created her own major focused on Energy Economics. That led to an entrepreneurial career in marketing, often helping colleges understand businesses’ needs and promoting STEM careers.
She has passion for telling stories about students gaining practical skills and clients offering innovative services. Karen handles marketing communication for CCC Maker, and believes that by embracing the maker culture, CCC Maker colleges are making a difference for students and changing their lives.
Today, she creates mostly with words but still has time for sewing and learning new maker skills.
As the daughter of a college professor, author and art historian, Jen was inspired at a young age with a passion for personal and collaborative creativity. With two teenagers immersed in their dreams and hopes for future opportunities, Jen instills upon them the importance of first hand experiences, life skills and creative curiosity. Jen feels a personal connection to the success of this program and is honored to be a part of the Sierra College team and the Maker Movement.