Moorpark, CA (July 25, 2017) -
Moorpark College is one of 24 community colleges awarded a total of $6 million in CCC Maker Implementation Grants from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to develop makerspace communities, student internships and various programs. Moorpark College will receive $250,000 this year, renewable for a second year in the same amount. CCC Maker is one of the initiatives under the state chancellor’s Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy projects identified on page 11 of Charting New Paths to the Future.
The CCC Maker grant will help Moorpark College and other recipients design maker spaces (alternative learning environments) on or off campus that foster innovation and an enhanced educational experience that prepare students for 21st century skills. To kick-off the first phase of the project, grant awardees will convene in Berkeley, CA, August 17 and 18, to build rapport with college team members and receive direction on moving their plans forward.
"This is a testament to the work being done by our faculty and administrators and their laser-focused leadership on producing quality career and technical education programming," said Moorpark College President Luis Sanchez. "We are excited about receiving this award. It reflects how well the maker concept fits into the Moorpark College pedagogy and the hard work of our Makers committee," added Moorpark College Dean of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Mary Rees.
To learn more about the CCC Maker grant and the list of award recipients, please visit California Community Colleges CCC Maker.
MOORPARK COLLEGE, one of three colleges in the Ventura County Community College District, was founded in 1967. It is set on 150 beautiful acres, nestled in the foothills on the southeastern flank of Ventura County, about 40 miles from UCLA, and approximately 75 miles from UC Santa Barbara. It is also a short drive from CSU Northridge, CSU Channel Islands, and California Lutheran University. Moorpark College was recognized in the Huffington Post in March of 2015 as the fourth-best community college in the nation. It has an excellent reputation for university transfer preparation, and its signature career/technical programs include nursing, radiation technology, biotechnology, and exotic animal training, which incorporates the world-renowned America’s Teaching Zoo. The college also offers a dynamic range of classes and programs in the visual and performing arts, and its pristine athletic fields and mild climate provide an excellent home for student athletes.