Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Associate Dean, Workforce Innovation, Sierra College and Statewide Director, CCC Maker was recognized by the Loomis Basin Soroptimist International Club with the Ruby Award. The club provided the Sierra College Foundation with funds for Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College makerspace scholarships for women students.
Consistent with the mission of Soroptimist International (SI) to “transform the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities,” the SI Loomis Basin (SILB) club presented grants and awards on February 20 to support education, especially for women and girls.
The Ruby Award for Women Helping Women recognized Pepper-Kittredge, for “improving the lives of women through her professional activities.” Through the CCC Maker initiative, she has created an inclusive statewide makerspace model to prepare all students for innovative, entrepreneurial and non-traditional careers.
The club met Pepper-Kittredge when she offered the Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College makerspace as a meet up location for sewing dresses to a service project supporting Dress a Girl Around the World. She joined the club in sewing dresses and recruited others to participate. The public makerspace made it possible for others in the community to join the Soroptimist club’s efforts and contribute to the club service project that resulted in sewing over 470 dresses for Dress a Girl Around the World last year. The dresses are hand carried to orphanages, give girls’ confidence and reduce the likelihood of being kidnapped.
… helping us design inclusive programs that build confidence in young women as makers, entrepreneurs, problem-solvers and innovators …
Pepper-Kittredge also previously led the Sierra Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Consortium, according to Gregg Ramseth, Technology & Assessment, Placer Union High School District (PUHSD). “Carol and her team were instrumental in pivoting Placer Union’s perspective and outreach, helping us design inclusive programs that build confidence in young women as makers, entrepreneurs, problem-solvers and innovators,” said Ramseth.