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Educating Creators and Makers with Collaborative Innovation

Writer michael vyskocil
Photographer John Williams

Bringing together professionals with different knowledge and skill sets, devising solutions based on diverse perspectives … the workplaces of today and tomorrow demand professionals who value collaboration and who thrive with innovative thinking. These elements are at the heart of York College of Pennsylvania’s (YCP) new Center for Collaborative Innovation (CCI).

The CCI is an interdisciplinary resource linking YCP’s five schools of learning: The School of the Arts, Communication and Global Studies; The School of Behavioral Sciences and Education; The Graham School of Business; The School of Nursing and Health Professions; and The Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology.

“For me, the exciting part [of the CCI] is seeing things from new perspectives,” says Dr. David Fyfe, associate professor of geography. “You can’t understand issues such as immigration or sustainability from a single discipline. We’re taking a global approach to exploring issues from multiple perspectives.”

“We are imagining things like team-taught courses by faculty in different disciplines or linked courses approaching questions from different perspectives,” adds Cindy Crimmins, Director for Academic Innovation.

By encouraging interdisciplinary partnerships with faculty, staff and York community members (see pages 30-31), the CCI also positions YCP as a knowledge and research base that can drive innovation in fields from manufacturing and technology to health care and human services. 

“We generate the intellectual property and make contributions to a knowledge base that can make York College a support for local companies and organizations, and bring the College national and international recognition for our research,” says YCP Provost Dr. Laura Niesen de Abruna.

YCP Dean of the Center for Community Engagement Dr. Dominic DelliCarpini offers the example of YCP’s Graham Innovation Scholars. Representing multiple academic programs, the Graham Scholars are actively shaping educational paths for themselves and their fellow students while contributing knowledge to benefit the York community. “National models tell us that the most successful communities have anchor institutions that can provide faculty expertise and student research to drive innovation,” he says. “That’s what we envision being.”

At YCP, educating future creators and makers begins with collaborative innovation.


What Is a Creator and Maker?

“A creator is someone who brings new insights to old problems or who opens our eyes to problems that were previously ignored. A maker takes either of those insights and builds the solution.”

— Dr. Dominic DelliCarpini, Dean of the Center for Community Engagement, York College

York College of Pennsylvania
  • 441 Country Club Rd. York, PA 17403
  • 717.846.7788