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California Community Colleges Education Planning InitiativeWith pilots and portal development throttling up, the California Community Colleges (CCC) Education Planning Initiative (EPI) has a busy fall schedule of conferences and meetings with colleagues from all facets of college operations.

Over the coming months, members of the EPI team will be traveling up and down the state, spreading the word to CCC counselors, faculty, students, leadership and governance organizations about tools being rolled out that will help students make informed educational choices and streamline their paths to completion.

Education planning tools from Hobsons and a newly developed student services portal are on track for “live” launch by Spring 2016. To get the word out and answer questions colleagues might have about what to expect, the EPI team has an extensive conference schedule planned.

California Collaborative for Academic Advising Conference
California State University (CSU) at Dominguez Hills
Oct. 20-21

This first-annual conference will bring together educators from the CCC, CSU and University of California to create a transparent higher education system that helps students achieve their goals more efficiently. The EPI team will co-present with Starfish by Hobsons on the Degree Planner, Early Alert and Connect products that are being implemented at EPI pilot colleges, the statewide student services portal, ASSIST and curriculum inventory.

All seats for this event have been filled, however, a wait list is being compiled. For information and to be added to the wait list, visit the conference website.

CCC Chief Instructional Officers (CCCCIO) Fall Conference
The Dana on Mission Bay, San Diego
Oct. 28-30

EPI team members will deliver an initiative update to CCC instructional administrators as part of the CCCCIO Fall Conference program. Information about the conference and a link to register can be found here.

CACCRAO Regional Workshops
Regions 5 & 6, College of the Canyons Oct. 30
Regions 9 & 10, Norco College – Nov. 5

Admissions and records colleagues will hear from the EPI about education planning tools that are being readied for statewide launch and their potential impact on the admissions process as well as the portal product that will soon be available for their campuses. Discussion will also be geared toward those who are interested in Phase Two of the product implementations.

For information about the Regions 5 & 6 workshop, click here. For information about the Regions 9 & 10 workshop, click here.

Academic Senate for CCC Fall Plenary
Irvine Mariott Hotel, Irvine
Nov. 5-7

Come listen and see the most recent developments of the EPI products, which include a statewide student services portal, and the three Starfish by Hobsons education planning tools: Degree Planner, Early Alert, and Connect. There will be an opportunity to demo the portal, which is targeted to be released in January 2016, and discuss the comprehensive features of Starfish Early Alert and how it contributes to an engaged classroom environment.

For information about the ASCCC Fall Plenary, click here.

Student Senate for CCC 2015 Fall General Assembly
Lions Gate Conference Center, Sacramento – Nov. 13-15

EPI will demonstrate to a statewide representation of students the tools that have been developed with their needs in mind to help them achieve their educational goals. Two presentations will be held during this event for students to interact and learn about the products that will soon arrive on their campuses.

For information about the student leadership assembly, visit the Student Senate for CCC conference website.

Community College League of California Annual Convention
Hyatt Regency SFO, Burlingame – Nov. 19-21

The League’s annual convention is a chance for CCC faculty, administrators, staff and trustees to come together to learn about tools, models and accomplishments of colleagues and their partners. EPI team members will participate in a panel discussion along with a representative from Reedley College, an EPI pilot college.

Information about the League convention can be found here.

Get In Touch

If you’d like to meet up with EPI team members at any of these events, email David Shippen, EPI Statewide Program Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information about the EPI, visit

Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor