Butte College Partners with Local Tech Startup Incubator Chicostart to Offer Industry Engagement Opportunities - Chicostart

Butte College is pleased to have this new chance for students to access the thriving entrepreneurial and tech hub in downtown Chico. Chicostart represents a perfect example of cross-sector integration as they support both entrepreneurship and ICT-DM endeavors.  We hope to attract Butte business and entrepreneurship students as well as ICT-DM students to interact with each other and these businesses not only in the shared office space but through mentoring, Slack teams, and events. Chicostart facilitates the tech industry partnership growTECH which is led by over 40 local tech businesses many of which are successful startups.  These are the businesses we work with to offer students job shadowing, industry tours, in class visits and event connections.

“It’s exciting to offer this partnership between local tech employers and Butte College students. Our goal is to be a catalyst toward future employment opportunities for students.  This affiliation will also help bring visibility for our local tech and startup businesses to the many education programs and students at Butte College,” said Wendy Porter, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Information Communication Technology and Digital Media Far North Region hosted at Butte College.

Butte students who are interested may use the Chicostart shared office space for free at their convenience between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students can benefit from engaging tech and entrepreneurial events, high-speed internet, large and small conference rooms, a kitchen, lounge areas, and whiteboards at their disposal. Chicostart has diligent COVID practices in place such as disinfecting, social distancing, and face mask requirements. Students can now coordinate with their instructors and Wendy Porter to get approved to access the facility…

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