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California Community Colleges Sidekick, www.ToolsThatInspire.comCreating engaging online content for a diverse student body amid budget constraints and ever-changing regulations can be a challenge. A new California Community Colleges (CCC) web portal called Sidekick is designed to make the task easier.


Sidekick, at, brings together six free tools to help CCC faculty, staff and administrators create accessible, inspiring and professional-quality videos and multimedia. The site also contains services to help arrange web conferences, make courses ADA-compliant and enrich the classroom experience for students, said Scott Valverde, a Student Services and Special Programs specialist with the CCC Chancellor’s Office, who introduced the new site in a video blog.

The six programs featured on Sidekick include 3C Media Solutions, CCC Confer, @ONE, The Alternate Text Production Center, High Tech Center Training Unit and the Distance Education Captioning and Transcription service.

“We think of these programs as the Sidekick partner that we’re sure will make you an education superhero,” Valverde said.


3C Media Solutions3C Media Solutions

3C Media Solutions is an educational media distribution network that enhances learning and student success by providing the most up-to-date and inspiring tools available. Discover how this resource can provide dynamic video content, podcasts, streaming services, captioning and event coverage. It’s one tool you won’t want to be without.

CCC ConferCCC Confer

CCC Confer provides high-quality web conferencing technology tools and lecture capture services to support students, faculty and staff in collaborative online environments. With this ADA-compliant resource, communication via the Internet or phone brings inspiring ideas together to ensure the continued success of the CCC and its students.

@ONE - One For Training@ONE

Continuously evolving technology can be a challenge, but @ONE makes it easy. This innovative program provides CCC faculty and staff with tools for training and networking as well as online resources so they can learn how to use technology to inspire student learning and success.


Alternative Text Production CenterAlternate Text Production Center

The Alternate Text Production Center (ATPC) creates alternate media products for students who require print and electronic Braille, electronic text files or tactile graphics. With state-of-the-art technologies, ATPC can provide timely delivery of the tools students need to succeed.

High Tech Center Training Unit

Get the tools you need to create an inspiring environment of access and success for all students. The High Tech Center Training Unit provides free year-round training to CCC faculty and staff in the use of technology to promote meaningful learning for students with disabilities.

Distance Education Captioning & TranscriptionDistance Education Captioning and Transcription

The Distance Education Captioning and Transcription grant enables the CCC to enhance access and inspire learning for students utilizing distance education. The funding provided by this great resource supports captioning and transcription for online courses, hybrid courses, telecourses and even live classes that utilize web-based content delivery.

To get started with any of these tools, go to, find the program with the services you need, click on the link and register for that site’s services.

Sidekick content and services will continue to be expanded, Valverde noted, including an FAQ section, video testimonials and an online forum for users to discuss issues, best practices and success stories. To share experiences using any of the Sidekick services, please contact Valverde at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Chancellor’s Office Communications Director Paige Marlatt Dorr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crista Souza is a TechEDge Contributing Editor.