Thanks to Zack Dowell, Department Chair, Modern Maker (MAKR), Folsom Lake College (FLC) and Manager of the FLC Innovation Center, as well as a CCC Maker Advisory Committee member and curriculum resource, who presented professional development to Sierra College faculty at the Curious Forge on Friday, February 2. The workshop qualified for flex credit for faculty and was sponsored jointly by Nevada County Campus of Sierra College and The Curious Forge.
According to Steve Hunter, Faculty in Residence, Sierra Makerspaces, there was a good turnout and the participants were very involved. “Zack is a real asset to the maker community in general and the CCCMaker movement in particular,” said Hunter.
One of the goals of the CCC Maker initiative to to build community among 24 Community Colleges across the state that are participating in the grant and building makerspace communities, according to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CCC Maker Statewide Project Manager. “It is great to see Sierra College and Folsom Lake College working together with the local makerspace to increase awareness of making in education in the wider Sacramento region,” said Pepper-Kittredge.
The workshop host was The Curious Forge, a nonprofit 501(c)3 LLC in Nevada County. The 20,000+ sq/ft makerspace is located at 13024 Bitney Springs Rd in Nevada City, and has over $100,000 in equipment. The Curious Forge describes itself as an “artistic, technical and industrial playground” for a “community of builders, tinkerers, artists and professionals who love to make.”