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CCC Information Security Center

CCC Information Security CenterThe California Community Colleges Information Security Center offers the following services to CCC institutions and staff:

  • Vulnerability Assessment Scanning
  • Server Monitoring
  • Information Security Mailing List
  • Security Awareness Training
  • SSL Certificates
  • Central Log Analysis
  • Vulnerability Management Service

In addition, the center works directly with the CCC technology community to understand the college system’s information security priorities and develop appropriate IS services, conducts security assessments for the colleges, provides security training through bi-annual workshops, and oversees security practices at the CCC Technology Center and systemwide technology initiatives.

A CCC Information Security Policy was developed by the Information Security Advisory Committee (ISAC), which is chaired by Jeff Holden, Chief Information Security Officer of the Technology Center. Systemwide adoption of this policy is critical to the success of information security initiatives on campuses and sets an institutional priority and awareness across all areas.

The Information Security Center is working with the ISAC to roll out a new training and monitoring program that will teach college IT staff how best to perform self assessments and work to peer review one another’s processes, procedures, and controls. This will further commit the colleges to a shared responsibility for the security of student data.

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CCC Information Security Center


CCCApply: Common Application For Admission

CCCApply: Common Application for AdmissionCCCApply is the online gateway to the California Community Colleges. Each year at our 115 colleges, more than 2.1 million students from all over the world build their career skills, prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, or simply enrich their lives through learning.

Beginning in 2001, the CCC Technology Center led the effort to implement a Common Application for Admission, Online California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver), and International Application for Admission.

  • In 2012 a new suite built on the CCC Systemwide Technology Platform was launched, and is now live at 107 colleges, with the remaining colleges in various stages of implementation. To date, more than 5 million online applications have been processed.

  • The California College Promise Grant is live at 34 colleges, and 47 more have committed to or are in the process of implementing.

  • The International Application is live at three colleges, with 45 committed to or in process of implementing.

The CCCApply Steering Committee oversees the application suite and determines new features that ensure compliance with state and federal legislation. The Technology Center facilitates meetings, document change requests, change orders, and data dictionaries, and implements features based on the decisions and advice of the committee.

Next Generation

Working with the CCCApply Steering Committee and other stakeholders, the Technology Center will next build the CCCApply applications as configurable forms on a forms engine. This would ensure we could offer multiple languages, responsive mobile interfaces, WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility, and full integration with the CCC MyPath student services portal. A universal functionality approach to the new form engine will enable new systemwide and local college forms to be easily created and deployed to students.

Connecting The California Community Colleges

Connecting the California Community CollegesPartnering with the Corporation for Educational Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) to use the California Research and Education Network (CalREN) high-bandwidth, high-capacity fiber network has resulted in millions of dollars in savings for the California Community Colleges.

To address bandwidth demand for the near future, the CCC Technology Center is working with CENIC to upgrade the majority of circuits connecting the colleges to CalREN to 10Gbps. In addition, approved college centers will receive 1Gbps primary and 1Gbps secondary circuits. These upgrades are expected to be in place by fiscal year 2019-20, and provide sufficient capacity for at least 10 years.

The chart below shows a monthly breakdown of completed circuits to date.

CENIC Circuits Completed Dashboard 022819

Farther out, the Technology Center will look to acquire fiber, which could reduce long-term leasing cost.

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CCC Broadband Connectivity Equipment Grant


OpenCCC & Systemwide ID

OpenCCC Systemwide IDOpenCCC is an initiative to establish one systemwide ID for every California Community Colleges student. OpenCCC provides a way to tie together student data to better outcomes and institutional improvement as students swirl among our colleges while taking advantage of a variety of new online services. In addition, having one systemwide student account, known as CCCID, will help provide a single sign-on for students.

With the roll out of OpenCCC and the CCCID with the new CCCApply application for admission, over 4 million students now have an OpenCCC account and a CCCID. Current studies show just over a two-tenths of one percent (0.002) duplication factor on these records, making them very reliable as a way to identify student data.

Security Controls

To ensure the security of millions of student records containing personally identifiable information, our cloud hosting provider and our security practices and controls meet the highest industry standards (currently SOC 2.0 and ISO 27001).

Utilizing Outcomes Data

As the CCCID matures and all CCC students get OpenCCC accounts, we will work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to incorporate the CCCID into the MIS data so that outcomes data in MIS can be tied to pre-enrollment data in CCCApply, assessment data in CCCAssess, education plans, and more.

Future Developments

To better support mobile platforms, OpenCCC will be revised as a fully responsive design application that will optimize the user experience for phone, tablet, or computer.

By employing machine learning technologies, we will better identify and prevent duplicate accounts during the account creation process, thus driving duplicates below one-tenth of one-percent (0.001).

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Project Glue

California Community Colleges Technology Center: Project GlueProject Glue, or CCC Glue, is an integration architecture being developed by the California Community Colleges Technology Center to allow disparate Student Information Systems (SIS) to connect in a standardized way to systemwide technologies developed by the Technology Center or purchased by the CCC Chancellor's Office, such as the Course Exchange and Canvas course management system.

Glue provides a secure, robust framework for data exchange between these systemwide products and the colleges who use them. A key objective is to integrate all Chancellor’s Office-sponsored technology initiatives without putting additional burden on local college IT departments.

The architecture has three main parts:

College Adapter

The college adapter is a software component that is installed locally behind a college’s firewall to facilitate data running in and out of the college’s SIS. It enables disparate SIS’ to communicate in a standardized way through a cloud service, such as the Canvas course management system.

Standardized Data

An SIS configuration layer marshals SIS data, and moves it in and out of standard data models.

Data Exchange Using MDM

A data exchange model is being built around Master Data Management (MDM), which will give each college flexibility to choose their SIS, and whether/how often to synch it with the centralized applications. MDM eliminates multiple point-to-point data exchanges across the systemwide products and colleges and replaces them with a single point of reference for reading and writing data.

The Glue framework with the addition of MDM is known as SuperGlue.

For more about Project Glue, explore the CCC Glue: College Adaptor discussions on the support website.

About Us

We facilitate and coordinate the work of systemwide technology.

Adopt Our Tech

From connectivity to student services and educational technology.


Hosting and communication services for systemwide initiatives.

Connecting Colleges

Gigabit fiber optic network for all of our colleges.

Information Security

Training, monitoring, and no-cost tools to protect students and educators.


Training and services to make tech accessible to users with disabilities.

About the Technology Center

The California Community Colleges Technology Center, hosted by Butte College, facilitates and coordinates the work of systemwide technology. We operate under the Gartner model of “Run, Grow, Transform” to simplify our portfolio of services and prioritize resources in support of ongoing operations, the next phase of growth, and longer term transformative innovation.

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