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CENIC to Celebrate 25 Years of Connecting California

February 25, 2022

CENIC 25: Connecting California 1997-2022CENIC — one of the first projects of the California Community Colleges Technology Center — will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an online celebration on March 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pacific Time.

Hosted by UC Santa Cruz's Jeffrey Weekley, the event will feature brief presentations and an opportunity for participants to interact and share memories, pictures, and quotes. Register for the event here. If you have memories to contribute, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“In addition to marking a meaningful milestone for California's premier network, registrants will receive a commemorative pin to celebrate the first 25 years of the CENIC community as we look forward to the next quarter-century,” the organization stated in an announcement of the event.

The mid-March timing coincides with what — in a normal year — would likely be the closing day of CENIC’s annual conference, “The Right Connection.” Historically, the last day of the conference featured an awards ceremony where CENIC recognized significant technology innovations and contributions in research and education networking. In 2017, the Tech Center was the recipient of CENIC’s Innovations Award.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CENIC had to cancel both its 2020 and 2021 annual conferences. The 2022 conference is currently scheduled to run Sept. 25 through Sept. 28 in Monterey, CA.

CENIC — the Corporation for Educational Network Initiatives in California — originated in 1997 with a $2.5 million grant to connect every community college to the California State University’s internet. The project, known then as 4CNet, was among the first competitive grants awarded to the Tech Center and it remains a core project today.

That network integration effort evolved into the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), which today consists of more than 8,000 miles of fiber-optic cable and provides high-speed, high-capacity internet capability to more than 20 million students, researchers, and other users at California’s public education institutions, private universities, public libraries, healthcare institutions, scientific and cultural organizations, and tribes. CENIC is in the process of expanding CalREN, and the Tech Center continues its work with CENIC to upgrade California community college campus network circuits.

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