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Hartnell receives $250K grant to support a Makerspace

(Source: Hartnell College)

July 20, 2017 — Salinas, CA

Hartnell Superintendent / President Dr. Willard Clark Lewallen reports that the college has been selected for a 2017-18 Implementation Grant of $250,000 from CCC Maker initiative funded by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Workforce & Economic Development Division.

“We are excited to continue our work with Hartnell College to build a statewide makerspace community of practice and reinforce our mantra ‘we’re all in this together,’” said Statewide Project Manager, Carol Pepper-Kittredge.

Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. They often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. This initiative will provide additional opportunities for innovation around STEM, art, and other disciplines.

During the next year, Hartnell administration be working with Chancellor’s Office to strengthen the community of practice; support faculty and student leadership through the implementation phase, and thrust Hartnell to become recognized as a best practice model for education innovation.

This grant can be renewed for the 2018-19 academic year based on a satisfactory review of the implementation.

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