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Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation

Working Together for Transformative Change

The world is changing rapidly, with new needs and uncharted opportunities arising every day. At York College's Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation (GCCI), we're finding creative ways to solve not only the issues of today, but the challenges of the future. 

The GCCI builds on York College's long tradition of hands-on learning by pairing the skills of our students and faculty with the needs of our community. Three key areas encompass the GCCI mission:

  • The Knowledge Park @ YCP
  • The Center for Academic Innovation
  • The Engaged Scholars and Graham Collaborative Innovation Fellows

Through these initiatives, the GCCI provides resources for students, faculty, industry stakeholders, and community partners to collaborate on projects with real-world impact. 

A rendering of the future Mill House, home of the Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation
The Mill House on Kings Mill Depot Road in York will soon be renovated into the main GCCI office. (Photo: Rendering of plans for updates to the building)

Connect your passions. Create your community. Construct your future.

Explore the 3 Key Areas of the Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation
  • Knowledge Park

    Knowledge Park @ YCP

    The Knowledge Park @ YCP supports and strengthens relationships between York College students and faculty, industry partners, and the York County community. Located at the historic site of the former Schmidt & Ault Paper Co., the revitalized building provides offices for rent as well as collaborative shared spaces for turning business challenges into business opportunities.

    At the Knowledge Park, students will learn in a project-based, real-world environment with passionate faculty and representatives from local companies. They'll build résumé experience while working on meaningful initiatives—and even better, they'll be part of lasting, meaningful progress that extends throughout York City and the surrounding region.

  • Center for Academic Innovation

    Center for Academic Innovation

    The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) supports York College’s faculty as they continue to set new standards for educational excellence. With support and resources from the CAI, faculty will be empowered to create exciting opportunities for our students to learn more actively and deeply.

    The challenges faced by regional businesses and our greater community are often best addressed through a wide range of perspectives, and that's where the CAI thrives. Faculty and students from all areas of the College will collaborate across disciplines to address important issues. By bringing together experts in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, business fields, and more, the CAI provides a venue to share ideas and develop meaningful learning experiences for students. 

    The CAI expands faculty’s ability to engage students in learning that combines residential education, project-based learning, global awareness/experience, and proficiency with the virtual tools that are increasingly part of educational and professional environments. These practices—and new ones developed through the GCCI—will be implemented and tested by the Graham Collaborative Innovation Fellows and Engaged Scholars, and expanded to the entire student body. These scholars will also be given the opportunity to participate in academic innovation. To complement these efforts, the Knowledge Park will provide a testing and implementation ground for the kinds of engaged learning that benefits faculty, students, and community partners.

  • Engaged Scholars and the Graham Collaborative Innovation Fellows

    Engaged Scholars and the Graham Collaborative Innovation Fellows: Our Unique Honors Community

    By their very nature, teaching and learning are collaborative efforts, based in a shared desire to develop new knowledge. That happens in York College classes every day. In our unique honors community—a crucial part of the Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation—faculty and students work together to create innovative ways to extend learning even further, beyond the classroom and out into the world around us.

    Working with local industry leaders in the Knowledge Park @ YCP and with scores of community partners, our Fellows and Scholars learn by doing. They plan and execute real-world projects that bring mutual benefit. They generate new ideas, fuel intellectual curiosity, and hone their talents as they prepare to become future leaders and meet their personal and professional goals. They work with other students and faculty in the Student Academic Innovation Lab, collaborating with the Center for Academic Innovation in creating cutting-edge learning opportunities and designing extraordinary careers. And through this work, they help to expand opportunities for all students at York College. 

Updates from the GCCI

  • April 2022 — Knowledge Park @ YCP Receives $125K Grant from George I. Alden Trust

    In the spring of 2022, the Knowledge Park received a grant of $125K from the George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, Massachusetts. 

    “We particularly were impressed with your Knowledge Park investment as we look to see colleges making serious and conscientious efforts to improve their respective communities,” said Warner S. Fletcher, chair of the Alden Trust, in the award letter to the College.  “This project certainly seems to get strong marks in that area.”

    George Alden established the George I. Alden Trust on August 24, 1912, for the general purpose of “the maintenance of some charitable or philanthropic enterprises” with specific interest in “the promotion of education in schools, colleges, or other educational institutions.”

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  • February 2022 — York College and WellSpan Collaborate on Undergrad Research Internship Program

    York College of Pennsylvania and WellSpan Research are collaborating to offer an eight-week Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program (SURIP) for undergraduate students enrolled in a pre-health or health-related programs.

    Research Interns will work with WellSpan investigators and trained clinical research staff to support clinical research/clinical trials in progress. They will gain an understanding of the responsible conduct of clinical research and assist with processes related to conducting clinical research. Based on current WellSpan research needs, Research Interns may be assigned to a specific research team for the duration of the program or work with several teams.

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  • October 2021 — York College Receives Gift to Fund Creation of the GCCI

    For several years, York College had been planning the creation of a centerpiece organization to promote innovation through collaboration across the entire campus. A transformative gift from York businessman Don Graham, through the Graham Foundation, allowed those plans to come to fruition with the creation of the Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation (GCCI). 

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Contact Us
Dominic DelliCarpini, PhD
Executive Director, Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation

Phone: 717.815.1303
dcarpini@ycp.edu