Colleges Launch I3 program to Solve Social Problems

California Community College Chancellor’s Office teams up with Lemelson-MIT for an innovative program among select Community Colleges to address social issues through technology with this pilot program that will launch on 4 college campuses this Spring.

Earlier this month California Community College Chancellor Office released a press statement announcing a new innovative program that will launch this spring on 4 campuses. The Invention and Inclusive Innovation (I3) program is a collaboration between CCC Chancellor’s Office and Lemelson-MIT through the Chancellor’s Office Workforce and Economic Development Division.

It is intended to “encourage, harness and develop the inventive talents of communities across the state” according to a statement released by the CCC Chancellor’s office earlier this month. The I3 program will equip college students, professors, and advisors in the program with the tools and support needed to solve real-world challenges through innovative technology. The program will address social problems that exist pre-COVD and those either made worse by or created due to the impacts of COVID.

The four schools chosen for the initial program roll-out are Modesto Community College, Chaffey Community College, Sierra Community College, and College of the Desert, however, the program is expected to add another 20 colleges to the program by 2022.

Placement of this program within these select community colleges allows for a STEM pathway for women and those of color who have historically been underrepresented within the STEM fields and programs. The programs intent on ensuring inclusivity, diversity, and equity while supporting local communities will provide valuable education and innovation to areas and communities that might not otherwise see collaborations and changes like these.

Information about the Lemelson-MIT Program provided by the CCC Chancellor’s Office website.
The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. The program was founded in 1994 by Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering at MIT, an institution with a strong ongoing commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for K-12 STEM education.