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California Community Colleges Education Planning InitiativeThe California Community Colleges (CCC) Education Planning Initiative (EPI) has made significant strides this month in its project objectives, with exciting progress being made on both the student portal and education planning tools.

Pilots of the systemwide student services portal are now underway at four pilot colleges. In addition, the Starfish Enterprise Success Platform is moving forward with integrating programs into the education planning and degree audit system, and testing the progress with counselors at multiple colleges. Meanwhile, a new self-assessment and career explorer tool has been selected for use with the student portal, and an on-demand orientation tool will provide information to students with engaging videos, college terminology, and short segmented portions of information for ease of use and functionality for the students.

EPI 101 Webinar

On Nov. 16, EPI staff, a Hobsons representative and the Education Planning Initiative Steering Committee chair conducted the initiative’s first webinar: EPI 101. The webinar included an informational overview of the project, the Starfish Enterprise Success Platform, the systemwide portal, and how colleges can inform EPI that they are interested in being considered for the next phase of the project.

For those who were unable to join the webinar, it is being made available for review at this link. Upon completion of the webinar, an interest survey is available for submission to the CCC Technology Center.

Have You Received Your Interest Letter?

The EPI recently sent out an electronic letter of interest through the numerous CCC Listservs to inform college constituents of the Phase Two possibilities. Colleges were encouraged to participate in the webinar and complete the interest survey.

As explained in the webinar, once the survey is complete the CCC Technology Center and EPI Steering Committee will review submitted surveys and select colleges for Phase Two participation. A Technology Center representative will contact all colleges who submit a survey regarding the outcome of the selection process.

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