At a February 6, 2018 symposium, organized by U.S. Bank and hosted on the Sierra College campus, 30 small business owners learned about the College’s Entrepreneurship courses and certificates, listened as students shared their work and makerspace experiences, and gained insights from the co-founder and president of Hacker Lab, one of the College’s makerspace partners. President and Superintendent, Willy Duncan, welcomed guests and emphasized the importance of U.S. Bank’s support, which includes student scholarships for Hacker Lab. Professor Denise Bushnell provided an overview of Business 141, a course developed by Professor Dennis Wingate under the guidance of Mark Randall, VP of Creativity and Innovation for Adobe, and of the regional Entrepreneurship initiative that she is leading which includes the development of three stackable noncredit courses. Students from Business 141 presented their pitch decks, demonstrating the entrepreneurial process of ‘fail fast’, prototype and iterate. Mason, a Mechatronics student, provided an overview of the “Mechatronics for Humanity” showcase supported by U.S. Bank and talked about the projects that were submitted. And finally, Eric Ullrich, co-founder and president of Hacker Lab, presented how co-working, making and hacking spaces support innovation, learning and economic development. Feedback from guests was very positive – they loved seeing the students present and learned about the value of makerspaces from Eric.
Mason’s presentation can be seen at https://www.dropbox.com/s/5llwy8ya9szgxxj/US%20Bank%20Presentation.pdf?dl=0