The California Community Colleges new innovation centers (makerspaces), called CCC Maker, seek to attract more students to its science, technology, engineering and math programs. The CCC Maker Initiative drives innovation in education and prepares students for success in STEM/STEAM careers that demand 21st Century skills. Colleges will build makerspace communities, faculty will embed “making” into curriculum and employers will provide internships, all supporting students to explore, create and connect with opportunities.
Makerspacers serve as community hubs with tools learners can use to better adapt to California’s knowledge base economy. They emphasize traits such as “innovation,” “design” and “creativity” and come as state educators try to remedy “skill gaps” that keep motivated job prospects from landing in-demand, but hard-to-staff jobs. Click here for article in the Evolllution online newspaper, Taking Innovation to Scale: Growing Makers for the STEM Economy, describing the CCC innovations.