Maker Spaces to Enhance Student Experience

During the 2016 National Week of Making, California Community Colleges announced the first statewide community college makerspace initiative of its kind in the nation to prepare students for the Creative Economy.

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), Workforce and Economic Development Division,  established the INNOVATIONMAKER3 and STEM/STEAM Workforce Development grant and selected Sierra College to be the fiscal agent and technical assistance provider, according to  Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development, CCCCO.

“We want all Californian’s to be competitive for future jobs that value ‘Maker’ skill sets,” said Ton-Quinlivan.

Over three years, $17,000,000 will be used to prepare California students to participate in the Nation of Makers. The grant will support college maker spaces, develop student internships, support faculty in incorporating 21st century skills into curriculum and share best practices.

 Read more about the announcement for the California Community College Maker Initiative.

(Photographer Daryl Stinchfield, courtesy of Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College)