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The California Community Colleges Technology Center Awarded the 2017 Innovations in Networking Award for Educational Applications

LA MIRADA, Calif. & BERKELEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

In recognition of their work to develop a system-wide federated identity for students across the 113 California Community Colleges, the California Community Colleges Technology Center has been selected by CENIC as a recipient of the 2017 Innovations in Networking Award. Individuals named in the award include Tim Calhoon, Executive Director; Lou Delzompo, Chief Technology Officer; Patricia Donohue, Product Manager; Roberto Fuentes, Supervisor, Support Services; and Jeff Holden, Chief Information Security Officer.

The 2.1 million students who annually attend California’s Community Colleges enjoy enhanced convenience, security, and privacy thanks to the work of the Technology Center, which provides a unique student data identifier through a federated identity system.

”With single sign-on access to all system-wide technology offerings, students statewide can easily access available tools and resources provided by the CCC to help them succeed in reaching their educational goals,” said Debra Connick, Vice Chancellor for Technology, Research, and Information Systems at the CCC Chancellor's Office. “With system-wide student identity to tie student data together, it is now within reach to achieve significant improvements in administrative decision making and student success rates.”

This innovation has not just benefited students, but has made possible significant institutional innovations. These include the re-envisioning and release of a new common application for admission, system-wide student success initiatives such as a common assessment for placement and education planning, and a common course management system. With a system-wide student identity to tie student data together, the stage is now set for data-driven decisions and machine learning technologies to support student outcomes and institutional improvement. This is path-breaking work in the largest system of higher education in the country, and will be a model for others to emulate.

Innovations in Networking Awards are presented each year by CENIC to highlight exemplary innovations that leverage ultra-high-bandwidth networking, particularly where those innovations have the potential to transform the ways in which instruction and research are conducted or where they further the deployment of broadband in underserved areas.

About CENIC • www.cenic.org

CENIC connects California to the world—advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. The nonprofit organization operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and individuals at other vital public-serving institutions. CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system; they include the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s public libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, the Naval Postgraduate School, and USC. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California.

About the California Community Colleges Technology Center • www.ccctechcenter.org

Funded by a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, the California Community Colleges Technology Center, hosted by Butte College, facilitates and coordinates the work of system-wide technology projects by: providing project leadership, providing technology services, disbursing funds, managing contracts, developing external funding resources, and publicizing the progress of the projects. Our goal is to provide secure, scalable, and integrated technology solutions for the California Community Colleges that take advantage of economies of scale and are facilitated by governance from the colleges themselves.

About the California Community Colleges • www.cccco.edu

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with 2.1 million students attending 113 colleges. Our colleges provide students with the knowledge and background necessary to compete in today’s economy. With a wide range of educational offerings, the colleges provide workforce training, basic courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs, and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions.

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