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Student Senate for CCC 2017 Fall General AssemblyCollaboration between the California Community Colleges (CCC) Education Planning Initiative (EPI) and the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) has been well documented. Since its inception, EPI has made student engagement a priority, from including students in its governance meetings to engaging in testing of its products, such as CCC MyPath.

One of the EPI’s biggest contributions has been its participation in the Student Senate’s General Assembly. Over the past two years, EPI has held sessions at the event, ensuring students from across the state are aware of what is coming from the EPI.

Recently, SSCCC Region IX Director Gerald Sirotnak discussed the relationship between the two organizations. “The main purpose of the SSCCC is to advocate for improvements in the community college system. This initiative is one of the most important.” he said. “We believe the collaboration between the EPI and the Student Senate will lead to a very successful outcome.” This collaboration was evident at the 2016 Fall General Assembly, held Nov. 11-13 in Sacramento, Calif.

Student Senate Assembly

As the representative body of 2.6 million California Community Colleges students, the guiding vision of the Student Senate is to communicate a unified student perspective to relevant constituent groups and elected officials in all matters directly affecting students. The SSCCC believes that:

  • Access to a high quality educational environment is a right for all.
  • The welfare and success of future generations of community college students is in our hands.
  • In all things, we take into consideration our accountability to our greater constituency of California community college students.
  • Our primary obligation is to effectively fulfill our role as a system partner in the statewide shared governance and consultation processes.
  • Above all, the long-term sustainability of our organization lies in the integrity of our members and actions, and holding steadfast to these principles.

As part of its mission “to pursue policies that will improve student access, promote student success, engage and empower local student leaders, and enrich the collegiate experience for all California community college students” (, the SSCCC holds a General Assembly twice a year. This event hosts the 20 regional senators, 10 at-large senators and 110 delegates from California’s community colleges.

EPI Participation

Each year, the focus of the EPI’s presentation has shifted. In Fall 2015, EPI team members conducted a breakout session which provided a status update on the development process of both the education planning tools and CCC MyPath, the Student Services Portal. That evening, CCC MyPath Product Manager, Mike Caruso, conducted a workshop with several delegates to receive feedback on any new portlets students would find valuable.

At the 2016 Spring General Assembly, EPI conducted another breakout session. The purpose was to introduce several features of CCC MyPath that had been developed (such as Online Orientation content), or were currently in development (such as the Career Coach tool).

Finally, during the course of the recent Veteran’s Day weekend, EPI hosted another breakout session. This session — filled to capacity — discussed the recent student testing at Santa Rosa Junior College and recommendations on content development.

For More Information

In discussing the relationship between EPI and SSCCC, Sirotnak said, “The Student Senate for California Community Colleges truly cannot wait to see how this initiative and the collaboration between our two groups leads to an increase in accessibility, access and completion of community college for students all across our state.”

For more information on the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, please visit In addition, please visit the Education Planning Initiative’s website at to learn more about EPI’s emphasis on student participation.

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