Prepare your Students for the Future by Attending make/SHIFT Conference

The California Community College Makerspace initiative (CCC Maker) with the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) present:

make/SHIFT — the Makerspace Ecosystem Summit in Irvine, CA on April 24-26.

Get your early bird discount by registering for make/SHIFT before February 28.

This national event will connect educational makerspaces, entrepreneurship programs and partners in workforce development innovation, according to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Statewide Project Director, CCC Maker and Associate Dean, Workforce Innovation, Sierra College. She said:

College makerspaces positively impact student access, equity and success by engaging students in their own learning, developing hands-on and entrepreneurial skills and connecting them with employers.”

“Make/SHIFT is an opportunity to meet with educators, K-12 and community college leadership, foundations and policy makers who are looking to the makerspace movement for innovation, inspiration and collaboration,” said Pepper-Kittredge.

• Sierra College fashion design student and entrepreneur, Bongi Crane, working in the Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College makerspace.

Keynote presentations will be delivered by maker and educational leaders including:

  • Dale Dougherty, Founder & CEO, Maker Media
  • William “Willy” Duncan, Superintendent and President, Sierra Community College
  • Stephanie Santoso, Director of Maker Initiatives, US2020
  • Van Ton-Quinlivan, former Executive Vice Chancellor Workforce & Economic Development, California Community College Chancellor’s Office.

Rebecca Corbin who leads NACCE, the largest ecosystem of entrepreneurial educators and leaders in North America, said: “Colleges across the country are gaining traction by using their makerspaces as a way to connect with their communities and stimulate entrepreneurship.

“make/SHIFT is a professional development opportunity for practitioners and policy makers seeking innovative and successful models to foster entrepreneurial thinking.”

Attendees will be able to select sessions from three tracks: Makerspaces — the models, curriculum and student impact driving community college innovation; Entrepreneurship — the mindset, education and social significance inspiring communities; and Impact — sustainable ecosystems and campus culture preparing the next generation for innovation careers.

A $17 million grant from the California Community College Chancellors Office enabled a network of 24 CCC Maker colleges to plan and develop makerspace communities that reflected each college’s unique ecosystem over the past two and half years, impacting over 23,000 students, funding nearly 300 internships and recruiting over 700 employers, explained Pepper-Kittredge.

Register for make/SHIFT before February 28 for the early bird discount.

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