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California Community Colleges Education Planning InitiativeIt’s been a busy fall for all involved with the California Community Colleges (CCC) Education Planning Initiative (EPI), and in November several events will take place that will have a significant impact—both in person and online.

Education Planning Pilots Making Progress

The education planning pilot colleges are making significant progress in their implementations. Program builds, role and relationship classification, testing, user information uploads and student data integration are all beginning to take shape in the Starfish Enterprise Platform. Within the next couple months, colleges will be able to move from their testing environments and work with the student populations they have defined.

Additionally, preplanning activities have taken place at Santa Barbara City College for its Starfish Early Alert and Connect implementation; and San Bernardino Community College District is gearing up for the technical kickoff for its implementation.

Portal Pilot Colleges Selected

The statewide student services portal will begin piloting at four community colleges over the next several months. The four colleges are:

  • Bakersfield Community College
  • Fresno City College
  • Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Santa Rosa Junior College

Once the pilots have worked through the initial portal programming and the portal has been introduced to students, the portal, as with the education planning products, will begin to roll out to the remainder of the state.

Opportunity To Learn More About EPI

On Nov. 16, EPI will host a webinar to provide colleges with a high-level overview of the initiative, student services portal and the education planning product line. The audience will gain an overall understanding of how the tools that are being offered can better assist community colleges in helping students achieve their goals and degree objectives. To register, please go to

Letter Of Interest

Prior to the webinar, colleges will be receiving an electronic letter of interest informing them of the possibilities for Phase Two colleges. Interested colleges are encouraged to participate in the webinar. The EPI will provide information and a survey for those who participate. Additional information will follow once surveys are received and compiled by the committee.

Upcoming Conference Engagements

The EPI will be participating in the following November engagements:

  • Nov. 5-7: Academic Senate for CCC (ASCCC) Fall Plenary, Irvine
  • Nov. 6: California Association of Community College Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACCRAO) Regions 9 & 10 Drive-In, Norco
  • Nov. 13-15: Student Senate for CCC (SSCCC) General Assembly, Sacramento
  • Nov. 19-21: Community College League of California (CCLC) Annual Conference, Burlingame

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