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CCC Technology Center: 25 Years and Counting

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The California Community Colleges Technology Center is celebrating 25 years of partnership with the Butte-Glenn Community College District and the CCC Chancellor’s Office in bringing systemwide enabling technologies to our colleges.

Our history of collaboration with the Chancellor’s Office and community colleges throughout the state has resulted in great strides forward for the system in areas including federated identity, application architecture, networking, and student services.

We look forward to continuing our long-tem dedication to transformative innovation in support of the students and staff of the California Community Colleges.

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Core Tech Center Activities

The Tech Center was created in 1997 to administer competitive technology grants awarded to Butte-Glenn. Some of our earliest endeavors — such as the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), CCCApply, and eTranscript California — remain key projects for us today, and are essential components of strategic educational initiatives in California.

Currently, the Tech Center is funded through three systemwide technology grants encompassing 13 projects and totaling approximately $46.5 million. Many of our projects have been adopted by a majority of California’s community colleges.

Core Applications Program GrantData Services Program GrantShared Infrastructure Program Grant
  • CCCApply
  • CCC MyPath
  • Chancellor’s Office Curriculum Inventory (COCI)
  • Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID)
  • eTranscript California
  • SuperGlue
  • CCC Data Lake
  • CCC Data Warehouse
  • Data Warehouse Report Server
  • CCC Accessibility Center
  • CCC Information Security Center
  • CENIC
  • OpenCCC

 

Tech Center Through Time

1996-97

California Budget Act language directed the CCC Chancellor’s Office to fund and coordinate the development of technologies and standards that could be leveraged systemwide to maximize investment.

1997

CCC Technology Center was established at Butte College to administer competitive technology grants awarded to the Butte-Glenn district.

1997

4CNet grant was awarded to Butte to connect every community college to California State University’s internet. In 2001, 4CNet became CENIC, and its CalREN high-speed, high-capacity network backbone today supports over 20 million users in California’s academic and research communities.

1999

Tech Center-led California Virtual Campus (CVC) published an online catalog of CCC distance education courses. In 2018, CVC merged with the Online Education Initiative grant and now operates as CVC.edu.

2001

Tech Center steered the effort to develop a common application for admission, known as CCCApply, that is now accepted by 115 California community colleges.

2007

CCCTran (now eTranscript California) began transmitting electronic transcripts between community colleges, and from community colleges to CSU campuses.

2007-2013

This period focused on sustaining Tech Center projects through significant budget cuts due to the Great Recession.

2012

Tech Center introduced the OpenCCC student account system, which established a systemwide unique identifier known as CCCID for students who attend the California Community Colleges.

2013

Tech Center was awarded three five-year systemwide technology grants: the Common Assessment Initiative, Education Planning Initiative, and Online Education Initiative. These evolved into the Multiple Measures Placement Service, CCC MyPath, and CVC, respectively.

2013

Tech Center launched the CCC Information Security Center.

2015

Tech Center launched the CCC Accessibility Center.

2017

Tech Center was awarded the CENIC Innovations in Networking Award for Educational Applications, which recognized “groundbreaking work” to develop the CCCID, a systemwide federated identity for students across the California Community Colleges.

2018

Tech Center was awarded three five-year systemwide technology grants totalling more than $21 million annually: the Core Applications Program; the Data Services Program; and the Shared Infrastructure Program.

2022

Tech Center celebrates 25 years of partnership with the California Community Colleges and a commitment to continued excellence in systemwide technology innovation to support our colleges and students.

We look forward to continuing our partnership with colleges and districts statewide in service to our students.