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CISOA Summit Goes Virtual for 2021

December 17, 2020

Glue Update session from CISOA 2019 conferenceFor the first time in the 20-year history of the California Community Colleges Chief Information Systems Officers Association, the annual CISOA conference will go completely virtual in 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 CISOA Virtual Technology Summit will take place over four full days from Feb. 8 through Feb. 11. The event is the premier, annual gathering of information technology professionals systemwide, and the best opportunity each year for the CCC Technology Center to meet face-to-face with its primary audience of IT leadership, IT staff, and college administrators from community colleges and districts throughout the state.

Taking the theme of “Meeting the Challenge in Challenging Times,” the virtual summit is presented by a partnership between CISOA, California Community College Banner Group (3CBG), California Community Colleges Colleague Users Group (4CUG), and California Community College Amazon Web Services Users Group (CCC AWS). Sessions will address many of the current topics of the IT professional in areas of management, security, information systems, and IT curriculum.

Tech Center Participation

As in years past, the Tech Center will have healthy representation in the 2021 presentation lineup, though to a lesser extent than usual due to limited resources and a busy product development slate. Seven Tech Center presentation proposals were submitted and accepted covering aspects of all our current grant operations, including:

CCC Technology Center Update
Tim Calhoon, Executive Director — CCC Technology Center
A discussion of statewide initiatives including CENIC, OpenCCC, CCCApply, CCC MyPath, COCI, C-ID, eTranscripts, CCC Data, SuperGlue, CCC Accessibility Center, and CCC Information Security Center.

Project SuperGlue: The Next Generation
Brian Schroeder, Architect; Mark Cohen, Product Manager; Ben Stout, Development Lead — Data Services Platform
SuperGlue has evolved to become a key workflow and data transfer platform used by more than 60 colleges, and will soon support real-time SIS updates and allow auto-admittance of students as applications are submitted.

Doing More With Less: How the CCC Technology Center Can Help with Statewide Ed Tech Implementations
Jennifer Coleman, Statewide Programs Director, Student Success Suite; College Relationship Managers Warren Whitmore, Monica Matousek, and Monica Zalaket — Enabling Services
How the Tech Center’s Enabling Services team is aligned to support colleges through each phase of implementation to ensure success with dozens of no-cost/low-cost Tech Center solutions.

Clearing the Path: Student Onboarding Made Easy
Coleman; Jane Linder, Product Manager; college representatives - Student Success Suite
How OpenCCC, CCCApply, and CCC MyPath are being streamlined and integrated for the benefit of students and ease of administration by college staff.

CCC Data: Connecting College Researchers with Data
Cohen — Data Services Platform; Alex Jackl, CCC Chancellor’s Office
A comprehensive update on the Data Services Platform, which includes the systemwide Data Lake, Data Warehouse, and Data Warehouse Report Server.

CCC Accessibility Center
Dawn Okinaka, Interim Director; Angela Baucom, Project Manager — CCC Accessibility Center
How accessibility laws apply to California’s community colleges, and resources and training available to colleges through the Accessibility Center.

CCC Information Security Center
Aamir Khan, Chief Information Security Officer, CCC Technology Center — CCC Information Security Center
Best practices, tools, and services available to our colleges to build effective defense against cyber attacks.

About the Summit

The CISOA Technology Summit is attended by CISOs, CIOs, CEOs, CTOs, VPs of technology and network systems, directors of IT, directors of technology, systems architects, network administrators, network security officers, ISOs, financial managers, financial aid staff, human resource staff, admissions and student records staff, and software and web developers. The 2020 event received registration from more than 300 California Community Colleges personnel and 200 vendors.

Registration is $100 for the main conference and $25 for pre-conference sessions. Visit the CISOA summit website to register, and select the “Individual” option under Registration Type.