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eTranscript CaliforniaCalifornia’s community colleges are being encouraged to hurry and apply for limited-time mini grants to help cover the cost of implementing or improving electronic transcripts at their campuses before the funds run out.

 

Grants are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and the $600,000 cap has almost been reached, according to eTranscript California Project Director Tim Calhoon. The deadline to apply for a mini grant is June 30, and colleges must complete implementation by Jan. 31, 2016.

eTranscript California is a project funded by the California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellor’s Office to expand the use of standardized electronic transcripts across California. Electronic transcripts have been identified as a critical component of an education planning system, and eTranscript California is working closely with the CCC Education Planning Initiative to support systemwide implementation of electronic transcripts.

The mini grants, which have been available since July 1, 2014, are specifically to help colleges mitigate the cost of implementing eTranscript California, and may not be applied to other electronic transcript systems.

California Community Colleges Chancellor's OfficeLowering Barriers For Colleges

The Chancellor’s Office is doing all it can to lower the barriers for colleges to adopt eTranscript California. Last September, it made eTranscript California membership free to all colleges after receiving additional funding for electronic transcript conversion through the state budget.

Previously, each community college paid an annual fee of approximately $6,200. Beginning with the 2014-15 fiscal year the annual membership fee for eTranscript California is to be paid for centrally, and individual colleges will no longer receive an invoice for the service.

For more information about the implementation mini grants, please contact Keith Franco, eTranscript California Sales Representative, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 530-345-9098.


Crista Souza is a CCC TechEDge News Contributing Editor.