The paper, Finding Middle Q: Sierra College’s Public-Private Makerspace Partnership as a Strategy for Workforce Development, written by Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Associate Dean, Workforce Innovation, Sierra College and CCC Maker Statewide Initiative Director, will be presented at the International Symposium of Academic Makerspaces to be held at Yale University October 16-19, 2019.
In the paper, Pepper-Kittredge proposes a model of open innovation based on the Sierra College experience “that uses the makerspace as a catalyst for preparing and sourcing workforce talent, especially in emerging fields of study.”
The paper shares three lessons learned:
“1. Understanding the Small World network model is necessary to guide ecosystem design.
2. Building and managing a middle Q network is challenging for a bureaucratic institution. …To be successful, all groups in our network need to have some shared values and goals, such as economic equity and social well-being, and practice behaviors of inclusion, tolerance, risk-taking, communication, and empathy.
3. Community colleges need the attention of universities implementing Open Innovation education and business models so that we can translate this practice to address workforce development needs.”
Learn more about ISAM and the October conference.