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CCC Tech Center Receives CENIC 2017 Innovations in Networking AwardThe California Community Colleges (CCC) Technology Center has been selected to receive the CENIC 2017 Innovations in Networking Award for Educational Applications, to be presented during CENIC’s annual conference in March.

The award is in recognition of the Technology Center’s groundbreaking work to develop a systemwide federated identity for students across the CCC’s 113 colleges.

Federated identity, through the InCommon Federation operated by Internet2, supports the OpenCCC initiative to provide a unique student identifier (CCCID) for the 2.1 million students that attend California’s community colleges each year. The OpenCCC initiative and membership in the InCommon Federation is fully funded by the CCC Chancellor’s Office.

CCCID offers students convenient and secure single sign-on access to applications on local networks as well as systemwide technologies that reside in the “cloud” – such as the Canvas course management system, the CCCApply systemwide application to community college, and the CCCAssess common assessment, among others. Moreover, with a systemwide student identity to tie together student data from these shared technologies, it is now possible to achieve significant improvements in institutional decision-making and student success rates.

“This is path-breaking work in the largest system of higher education in the country, and will be a model for others to emulate,” said CENIC Chief Executive Officer Louis Fox.

CENIC, the Corporation for Education Networks in California, operates the high-capacity California Research and Education Network (CalREN), which supports K-12, higher education, library and research institutions throughout California and around the world.

The CENIC award will be presented to the Technology Center team on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, during the annual CENIC Conference: The Right Connection 2.0, in La Jolla, Calif.

Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor