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California Community Colleges Education Planning InitiativeMarch Madness isn’t just for college basketball. The California Community Colleges (CCC) Education Planning Initiative (EPI) team has spent the past month running up and down the state of California.

Activities have been focused on presenting and coordinating information sessions for college personnel interested in the education planning and degree audit tools that will be available once the pilot colleges have implemented and installed the products.


Full-court Presentations

March has been an incredibly busy month sharing new information and developments with colleagues in regards to the initiative. There was a great presentation at the Chief Information Systems Officers Association (CISOA) Annual Conference in Monterey, another presented at the CCC Chief Student Services Administrators Association (CCCCSSAA) Spring Conference in Costa Mesa, and a collaborative presentation with steering committee members at the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) 2015 Academic Academy in Costa Mesa. All presentations can be located on the website.

College IT Fastbreak

EPI and Hobsons teams meet with IT staff at El Camino College.Additionally, the EPI and Hobsons teams met with college IT personnel to discuss technology planning and implementation for the pilot college campuses. The event was held over two days at two pilot colleges.

A Northern California meeting was held at the City College of San Francisco’s (CCSF) Pierre Coste Restaurant while a Southern California meeting was held at El Camino College during its spring recess. The combined meetings had 21 college participants in person and another nine via Zoom. The colleges were able to ask questions and receive information about the Hobsons suite of products, and become acquainted with the implementation timeline and roll-out strategy.

Charging Forward

The EPI team plans to hold future meetings with CCSF and Los Medanos College to define the colleges’ core populations, programming and processes to provide a successful implementation. The team is moving forward with implementation roll-outs set to begin this summer.

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