How ecosystem mapping by colleges can help transform struggling communities
This piece was written by Rebecca Corbin, president and CEO of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, and Amy Schulz, a consultant to NACCE.The opinions represented in this piece are independent of Education Dive’s views.
“Entrepreneurship is so closely linked with Silicon Valley it may seem preposterous California is learning how to build entrepreneurial ecosystems from Appalachia, but it is. Eleven community colleges in Appalachia have been creating ecosystem maps — an effort that has led to a larger ecosystem building project in California. Both efforts can inform communities nationwide.”
mapping also provided direction in creating makerspace communities beyond the college
“NACCE shared best practices in ecosystem mapping from its work in Appalachia, and it inspired the California Community Colleges Maker Initiative to incorporate ecosystem mapping into the development of its makerspaces (collaborative workspaces with high-tech equipment for prototyping and fabricating). Thirty colleges went through the ecosystem mapping process with NACCE, which provided a focus to individual makerspaces such as one at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, focusing on arts and creativity. The mapping also provided direction in creating makerspace communities beyond the college, placing students in internships, and developing curricula that prepare students with appropriate skills.”
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