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CCC Education Planning InitiativeThe California Community Colleges (CCC) Education Planning Initiative (EPI) has been busily creating requirements and prioritizing work items within the Education Planning Tool/Degree Audit System (EPTDAS) and Student Services Portal (SSPSC) steering committee work groups.


Contributions have been put forward by committee members through our weekly/bi-weekly group meetings to provide meaningful, well-thought-out requirements to help with proposal formation and to create ideas for the future development of tools to help streamline processes regularly used by CCC students, faculty and staff. While more work is to be done, the committees have done exceptional work thus far in providing sound information for formulating significant pieces of the EPI.

Got Ideas? We Want To Hear Them

EPI also recently launched an IdeaScale campaign for faculty and staff. Open until Nov. 22, the campaign is available to faculty and staff to capture ideas on a broad array of themes, specific ideas for functionality, and to find out what tools are needed for students within the education planning, degree audit and student portal environments. What makes it easier for students? What will help a staff member assist students on their journey? How can a tool be designed to effectively promote success for students?

CCC faculty and staff are invited to contribute ideas or comment on existing ideas. To participate, please go to our webpage at and click on “Contribute Your Ideas” today.

A Vendor Has Been Selected

In other news, a vendor has been selected for our portal software development services. Unicon Inc. was chosen as the recipient to change the way portal services will be delivered to CCC students. Unicon is the existing vendor for the new-and-improved CCCApply project, and we feel the relationship will be innovative, productive and keep up with the changing needs of our students.

Already present at several colleges and universities around the globe and within the state of California (e.g., Stanford University, Fullerton College, University of California-Irvine, Sacramento State University and Pepperdine University), Unicon’s uPortal product will provide the features and functionality our users are looking for in a comprehensive, user-friendly student services portal environment. We are excited to begin work with our newest partner. Welcome aboard!

Robyn Tornay is a project manager for Education Planning and Student Services at the
California Community Colleges (CCC) Technology Center.