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California Community Colleges Information Security CenterThe internet is a wide open space and, much like the real world, contains the greatest and the darkest of things. This blog will focus on the best browsing practices to protect yourself on the internet.

California Community Colleges Information Security CenterI have been asked many times, “What are reasonable security controls?” This is a hard question to answer, as what I consider to be reasonable isn’t what others would. As an information security officer, I tend to be very risk-averse.

California Community Colleges Information Security CenterBig things are on the horizon next year for the California Community Colleges (CCC) Information Security Center. We have three new services that will be rolled out for use by all of the colleges, systemwide.

CCC Information Security CenterPassword. That’s a cringe-inducing word. What a pain; you constantly need to change your passwords. You have to use mental gymnastics to remember all of them, and don’t get me started on special characters. I hate passwords.

California Community Colleges Information Security CenterIf you’re not familiar with the term phishing, it is an attempt to fraudulently obtain sensitive information such as account login and passwords, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, account numbers, etc.

California Community Colleges Information Security CenterRansomware has been in the news lately, with one of California’s community colleges having recently fallen victim to it. If you are not familiar with the term, ransomware is a type of malicious malware.

TAACCCT: Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant ProgramThe U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Training Administration (DOLETA), recently announced its first round of TAACCT funded projects. Each project will receive approximately $20 million.

In grant writing you have to make a compelling argument to get funded. I recently read a new book, The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change, by Stanford professor Jennifer Aaker and Vonavona Ventures' Andy Smith.

Inc. Magazine LogoThis blog issue strings together three articles that encapsulate the theme, “Big Ideas for the Grants Writing Revolution.”

I receive a monthly electronic newsletter from Hanover Grants in Washington, D.C. A recent issue focused on “Four Steps to Take Before Developing a Grant Application Budget. “ This reminded me how important budget development is for a successful grant proposal.

Photo courtesy of Whitehouse.govI have noticed that the current grants our community college district has received from the state of California have already been halved in this current fiscal year, with many not even seeing the light of day next fiscal year 2010-2011. Our state, along with at least forty others, is suffering from


Code for AmericaHere’s the ticket for you developers, designers, researchers or entrepreneurs out there who would like to build a new generation of Gov.2 apps to help city governments work better: Code for America 2013 Fellowships.

Coins on a notebookRecently, I read two articles that I found extremely germane to the enterprise of grant seeking and grant writing. The first, by Mary Walters, “You Can Get the Grant,” was published January 11, 2010 in Inside Higher Ed.

Ms. Walters correctly assesses that the tone of your prose can affect how the


American Evaluation AssociationI recently completed my first formal internal evaluation for a large federal grant. This process piqued my interest in evaluation, since I usually use a generic evaluation design for proposals I write which was given to me by a project evaluator some 30 years ago.

Funded: Grants Office Monthly NewspaperI have always enjoyed writing the “Needs” sections of proposals, since it sets the stage for the rest of the proposal and actually grabs the reader’s attention. Researching and substantiating compelling needs is one of the most important elements in a successful proposal.

I belong to several technology-related online magazines, and  I scan them regularly to see if anything relates to grants. Recently, on the Center for Digital Education website, Tanya Roscoria wrote a story entitled: “Why Educators Should Connect Digitally.”

An artisan is therefore a person engaged in or occupied by the practice of a craft, who may through experience and talent reach the expressive levels of an artist using his hands, mind and heart in his work and what he or she creates …

During the last year there has been a paradigm shift in the grant world. It is an offshoot of social networking giants Facebook and Twitter and it is changing the dynamics of the grant funding process via technology.

What helps proposals stand out from the rest? I would venture to say that accurate data, when presented graphically, is potentially the winning edge. Terms that have been bandied about in recent years are “data dashboards” and “infographics.”

Hamlet's Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital AgeRecently a friend of mine told me about a book that he read and thought that I might be interested in. "Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age," by William Powers. I got onto the Internet and immediately ordered it.

I consider myself a “Digital


Reimagining Learning: graphic for the Digital Media and Learning CompetitionI was reading the July 7, 2010 issue of eSHOOL NEWS, and I came upon the following article: “Ten winners snag $1.7 million in digital competition: MacArthur Foundation funds projects that explore new approaches to 21st-century learning.”

Recently, our external grant evaluator met with our project team and advisory board and identified the need for early planning for dissemination of our findings even though we were only 1/6th of the way into our project.

In looking at proposals that have been funded over the years, one interesting element of succesful grantwriting that is becoming more and more important is evaluation.

President Barack Obama joins The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, left, and others in the processional before the start of commencement at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, May 5, 2013. (Detail of an Official White House Photo by Pete Souza; Courtesy of my January 21, 2010, tech grants blog, "Chasing Obama Buck$,” I had identified select federal grant opportunities that had been issued by the Obama Administration. As an update, circa May 2013, I am revisiting where the Administration is proposing to give grants that community colleges qualify


Image from the eGrant website.Historically, the lead federal agency in the electronic proposal submission effort has been the National Science Foundation, with its “FastLane” system, developed a quarter century ago.

Grants Office, LLCThis blog has always focused on tips, techniques and samples of how to get a grant successfully funded. A recent article in the May 2012 issue of Funded, as published by the Grants Office, takes an opposite tack: “How to Ensure Your Grant Application Gets Denied,” by Susannah Mayhall.

eSchool News logoA week ago, I received my copy of the April 2010 issue of eSCHOOL NEWS. Deborah Ward’s article, Death of a grant proposal: Six lessons learned in post-mortem, on page 34,  was quite revealing. Find. Apply. Succeed.I subscribe to a e-mail list for new announcements for various federal grants. Since I receive daily announcements regarding a variety of grants from multiple agencies, I am struck with the fact that there are so many grant opportunities for Indian tribes.

Grants Office LogoIn September, the Grants Office website offered a Grantwriting Edition webcast conducted by Dan Casion and entitled “Bringing IT Home." The webcast is available free, though registration is required.

The January 2013 issue of WIRED Magazine had an interesting article written by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan, “The Age of Insourcing: How Tech Helps Megacompanies Rope Us In.”

CCC TechEDge News and CCC Technology for Student Success News ceased publication in 2018.

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