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College of Alameda Awarded Makerspace Grant

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The College of Alameda has been awarded $250,000 to create a makerspace community. (College of Alameda website)

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has awarded College of Alameda $250,000 to create a makerspace community. The grant will fund curriculum development and internships to develop students’ innovation and entrepreneurial skills.

California Community Colleges are building makerspaces so that students, faculty, staff, and others with shared interests may collaborate across the state, learning to use tools, making class projects, and developing their knowledge through exploration and hands-on experiences, according to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CCC Maker statewide project manager.

“Makerspace community members collaborate and teach other, enabling students, faculty, and business owners to interact in ways not possible in the classroom, enriching students’ education,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “Faculty members are discovering how making, entrepreneurship, and projects for social good can be incorporated into their teaching. Students benefit from freely exploring their interests while learning to use laser cutters, art supplies, electronics labs, sewing machines, milling machines, and many other creative tools.”

For its makerspace proposal, College of Alameda identified ecosystem partners in internal and external communities, engaged in a makerspace planning process, assessed students’ interests, and involved faculty in the CCC Maker Initiative concept.

The statewide initiative encourages innovation in education and prepares California Community College students for success in STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math/science technology engineering, art, and math) careers that demand twenty-first century skills.

Twenty-four colleges will receive funding to participate in the California Community Colleges (CCC) Maker Initiative. These grants are renewable for a second year and are awarded through a competitive process.

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