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Tech Center to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

November 18, 2021

25th anniversary message in silver on dark blue backgroundWhile the coming year will see the current five-year grant cycle winding down and preparations begin for the next phase of proposals, we want to also recognize this time as a major milestone for the California Community Colleges Technology Center, which in 2022 will notch a quarter-century of operations.

In the months ahead, the Tech Center will launch a year-long campaign to recognize and celebrate 25 years of partnership with Butte-Glenn Community College District and the statewide Chancellor’s Office in service to the California Community Colleges. Our history of collaboration with the Chancellor’s Office and community colleges has resulted in great strides forward for the system in areas like federated identity, application architecture, networking, and student services.

“One of the questions we get from colleges looking to adopt our products is, ‘will these tools still be available?’” said Jennifer Coleman, Executive Director of the Technology Center. “Twenty-five years gives them confidence in our ability to provide services for the long term.”

“Additionally, in a Chancellor’s Office webinar recently, we were being referred to as a partner of the Chancellor’s Office. Those two pieces combine to give colleges confidence in what they’re adopting, and in our full-service spectrum,” she said.

The Tech Center was created in 1997 to administer competitive technology grants awarded to Butte. Among the Tech Center’s earliest endeavors are some that are still key projects for us today, such as CENIC (the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California), CCCApply, and eTranscript California.

Currently, the Tech Center is funded through three systemwide technology grants encompassing 13 projects and totaling more than $21 million: The Core Applications Program; the Data Services Program; and the Shared Infrastructure Program. Many of our current projects have been adopted by a majority of colleges systemwide.