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*NEWS: Workforce Dvlpmt and Entrepreneur Accelerator Expands Initiative

Landon Taylor, CEO, Base 11

A nonprofit workforce development and entrepreneur accelerator in Costa Mesa and an international foundation it partners with announced today the expansion of a workforce development initiative aimed at training the next generation of engineers with the skills to succeed in the aerospace, technology, transportation and mobility industries.

Base 11, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math and the Dassault Systèmes, based in Paris, announced that are introducing the “Autonomous Systems Engineering Academy” as a full-semester course comprised of 200 hours of lecture, lab and homework in the current academic year at the following colleges: Skyline College in Pacifica; Compton College and Cerritos College in SoCal; and South Mountain Community College in Phoenix.

This pre-engineering, project-based learning program is geared towards high-potential, low-resource community college students.

The goal of the program is an industry-sponsored, drone design competition among teams of students from each college. This competition is intended to challenge the teams to learn and demonstrate the mindset, competencies, and teamwork that will make them enticing as a prospective engineering school transfer student and/or a new hire with employers of their choice.

The academy began as a freshman course at the Samueli School of Engineering at UCI. Base 11 then collaborated with UCI to adapt the course into an intensive summer program for community college students, and later into a high school curriculum that was piloted in Philadelphia.

The semester-long college course academy program had its pilot tested as a summer course at UCI in 2017 and was then introduced at Skyline College as an experimental course this past Spring.

Base 11 said it plans to implement the course at six additional community colleges in California and Washington next year, according to a press release issued today.

About Base 11

Base 11 is a nonprofit workforce development accelerator focused on solving the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) talent pipeline crisis, fueled by the under-representation of women and minorities.

It facilitates partnerships with industry, academia and philanthropy, with the goal of providing employers with a pre-recruitment pipeline of well-trained, highly skilled STEM talent.

By establishing innovation centers that are integrated with hands-on, project-based learning and STEM entrepreneurship training, Base 11 and its partners set students on direct pathways to four-year STEM degrees, well paid STEM jobs, and the opportunity to launch their own STEM related business.

Landon Taylor is the CEO of Base 11.

About La Fondation Dassault Systèmes

La Fondation Dassault SysteÌmes provides grants, training and expertise about 3D virtual universe technologies to help schools, universities, research centers, museums and associations in Europe, the U.S. and India to push the limits of knowledge.

Its mission is to inspire young people with a passion for engineering, science and digital technology to create a better and more collaborative society.

About The Author

Deirdre Newman is a veteran journalist, who's covered OC startups for two-plus years.

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