students in fab labThe Base11 STEM Entrepreneurship Accelerator Training Program is an innovative entrepreneur and workforce program, focused on creating the next generation of creators and leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Skyline College has partnered with Base11 to launch a STEM EA Training Program this fall, for budding entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who want to stand out as leaders in the STEM industry. Students in the STEM EA Training Program, will learn the mechanics of entrepreneurship, develop their soft skills and will learn to create prototypes in the new, state-of-the-art Fab Lab. Students in this program also have a unique opportunity to pitch their business ideas in front of investors. The STEM EA Training Program is a definite asset to a student’s developing resume, and will positively impact their success as students.

Under the leadership of the Global Learning Programs and Services division, and in preparation of the STEM EA Training Program Launch, the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC) hosted a two-day intensive training for all involved faculty and staff. The training, led by a Base11 trainer, was held August 9 and 10 and included a team of ten motivated staff and faculty members. The training placed faculty and staff in the position of students in a classroom setting, simulating what the students’ experience will be throughout the duration of the program.

Our 10 week STEM EA Training Program includes lecture sessions, held at the BAEC, and lab activities in the Fab lab, located on the Skyline College campus. Classes launch Monday, September 19, 2016.

Article by Terri Wade & Pcyeta Stroud. Photo by William Nacouzi.