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The CCC Education Planning Initiative team visits app developer Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI).The fall term is quickly coming to a close and students and faculty in the California Community Colleges (CCC) are ready for a much-needed break. The past couple weeks have been steadily busy for the CCC Education Planning Initiative (EPI).

Interest surveys have been coming in since our first ever webinar, EPI 101, took place mid-November and we are seeing an increased number of hits on our web page as well.

A revised Letter of Interest is available on the EPI website to encourage any college that is interested in the Student Services Portal or the Starfish Enterprise Success Platform (Degree Planner, Early Alert and Connect) to complete and submit the survey no later than Jan. 22, 2016.

Education Planning Tools

The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform team is completing its technical kickoff with San Bernardino Community College District this week. Santa Barbara City College will follow suit shortly after the beginning of the New Year. The 10 colleges that are already in implementation stages are moving through as expected.

Career Exploration

An on-site visit was recently conducted at Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), as the next step in the Intent to Award process. During the visit, EPI team members presented the program’s vision to EMSI’s staff (see photo).

Progress on both contract and statement of work ensued and a phased implementation is being proposed. The intention is to equip students with industry-valued skills to prosper in a career they will love.

Student Services Portal

Two areas of content have been identified as those which students would benefit from to provide both engaging messaging and richer communications through video. Scripts for Financial Aid and Education Planning videos have been drafted for production next month, to complement and complete the first phase of content approved by the Student Support Services and Online Orientation Work Group. Further information will follow, as production is available to the community.

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

Angela Baucom, a product manager in the California Community Colleges Technology Center,
contributed to this report