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California Community Colleges Education Planning InitiativeThe California Community Colleges (CCC) Education Planning Initiative (EPI) is ending its conference season and has provided stakeholders with updates on the various tools and service EPI offers, and information on how to get involved.

As more products “go live,” staying informed about the EPI is more vital than ever. With that in mind, the EPI has updated its website to include its new conference schedule and guidance for how interested parties can be involved. Do not miss your opportunity to hear from those involved in the EPI.

Professional Development Goals

Since 2010, the state of California has taken broad steps to ensure legislative support for student success programs that support California’s college students. Laws that specifically call on the CCC and its Board of Governors to institute electronic planning and electronic transcripts include Senate Bill 1143 (2010), Assembly Bill 1056 (2011) and Senate Bill 1456 (2012).

As indicated by this body of legislation, the government of California has clearly outlined the need for centralized education planning, matriculation and transcript tools that leverage technology on behalf of more than 2.1 million students at 114 community colleges throughout the state. Included is the recognition of the importance of effective professional development for faculty and staff focused on training appropriate, existing personnel in the use of these new tools.

Professional Learning Network

In order to assist with this important goal, the EPI has a Professional Development page on its website, The page contains a link to the EPI’s page on the Professional Learning Network (PLN), which houses the CCC Chancellor's Office Professional Development resources. This website includes:

  • Effective practices pertaining to basic skills education, career technical education and other programs
  • Topics related to accreditation (including student learning outcomes and integrated planning)
  • New employee orientation and training
  • How to create robust professional development programs on campus

Event Calendar & Speakers’ Bureau

In addition to a PLN link, the EPI Professional Development page includes a link to EPI webinars as well as a calendar of events. This calendar highlights the conferences at which EPI will have a presence through the end of March 2018. The calendar provides dates, locations and conference themes for EPI presentations. Finally, the page houses registration for the EPI Speakers’ Bureau.

The Speakers’ Bureau is a roster of people who can be called on to share their knowledge and discuss their experiences with EPI products. Members range from industry experts with decades of experience in the CCC, to local faculty and administrators who have seen the benefits of the Education Planning, Degree Audit and Student Success Portal products.

If accepted as a member of the Speakers' Bureau, you may be asked to sign a letter to the editor or op-ed, appear at an event or speak to the news media on behalf of the EPI. You will also be invited to participate in monthly webinars and other training opportunities. To receive additional information and/or sign up to become a speaker, fill out the registration form located at

For more information about the EPI’s conference schedule, visit The website contains vital background information regarding the initiative as well as status updates. Visit the website to stay informed and please join the EPI-INTEREST listserv today.

David Quintanilla is a project team member of
the California Community Colleges Technology Center