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El Camino College, image courtesy of the CCC Chancellor's OfficeAs spring finally arrives in the Golden State, the California Community Colleges (CCC) Education Planning Initiative (EPI) will be participating in several conferences in order to promote its products and services to key audiences.

These events will allow EPI to reach out to its stakeholders throughout the state and provide an update on the status of the tools currently in development. The EPI team understands the need for constant communication during each phase of the project. Each stakeholder group has its own needs, thus, each presentation is designed to convey information on a particular touch-point with a specific audience in mind.

EPI Stakeholder: Students

The EPI strives to primarily serve three different stakeholder communities. First, EPI seeks to assist California’s community college students to:

  • Clarify their short- and long-term goals
  • Build a structured plan
  • Share that plan so there is accountability
  • Track their progress with appropriate follow up and guidance

With these objectives in mind, the tools under development by EPI will help students make informed choices in their educational progress by providing them with targeted information. In addition, the tools will provide clarification on an individual student’s educational goals and plan for success.

In order to better reach CCC students, EPI will present a special breakout session during the Student Senate for California Community Colleges 2016 Spring General Assembly. In a presentation designed to receive feedback through a Student Services Portal (SSP) demonstration, a key focus will be an awareness of the Career Exploration tools available through the portal. An objective of the session will be to create “ambassadors” for EPI and the portal among the student delegates to help influence and carry the message. As students are informed about the potential implementation of the SSP on their campuses, they will be more likely to take full advantage of its features.

EPI presents at a recent Academic Senate for CCC event.EPI Stakeholder: Colleges & Staff

Colleges and their staff comprise the EPI’s second stakeholder group. Through the development of education planning tools, EPI strives to assist colleges with meeting challenges such as budget cuts and the 50% Law. Through technology, EPI will provide support in the following areas:

  • Assist under-resourced counseling
  • Allow colleges to succeed despite ongoing funding challenges
  • Coordination within and between colleges

These three areas have been identified by EPI’s governance groups as areas in which the EPI can provide support through its tools such as the SSP and assisting with the implementation of the Hobsons Starfish Enterprise Success Platform.

EPI will reach this important stakeholder group by participating in the Spring 2016 session, “Aligning Partnerships for Student Success.” This conference is presented by multiple organizations, including:

The EPI will participate in several presentations during the three-day event. In addition, the initiative will also host a booth during the conference, which will allow attendees to receive additional information.

EPI Stakeholder: The People Of California

EPI’s final stakeholder group is the people of California. The EPI serves California residents by, first, ensuring its goals are in alignment with all legislation passed regarding student success. In addition, EPI provides effective management of its solutions. One key component of this is transparency of the program’s materials and findings.

As a method for fulfilling this objective, EPI has begun recording selected presentations and providing them for view on its website,, located on the “Resource Media” page. The newest presentation available is a roundtable discussion, hosted by EPI Project Manager Robyn Tornay. Readers are encouraged to visit the page in the coming weeks as additional recordings are posted from the EPI’s spring road show.

David Quintanilla is a project team member of the
California Community Colleges Education Planning Initiative