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Centrally Paid InCommon Membership

Centrally Paid InCommon Membership For All 114 CollegesDear Colleagues,

To facilitate our federated identity initiative to allow single sign-on access to all systemwide technology offerings, CCCCO and the CCC Technology Center have put together an agreement for InCommon Membership for all California Community Colleges to be paid centrally moving forward. Ongoing funding for this effort is a part of the Technology Initiatives for Student Success funded by the legislature.

InCommon, operated by Internet2, provides a trust fabric for higher education, their vendors, and partners to facilitate single sign-on from local campus accounts. InCommon also operates a related assurance program, and offers security certificate and multifactor authentication services.

The addition of CCC's 116 members will boost InCommon to more than 1,000 participants, including 679 higher education institutions, 32 government and non-profit research centers, and 296 corporate sponsored partners. InCommon now serves more than 10 million users.

Immediate Savings for Security Certificates

As InCommon members, colleges may see an immediate savings in using the security certificate program. (Visit the SSL Certificates page of the CCC Information Security Center website for information about how to receive certificates for your college.)

Single Sign-On for Higher Education Vendors

Microsoft, Blackboard, Canvas, Box, Dropbox, National Student Clearinghouse, rSmart, Parchment and EBSCO are among the many participants in InCommon providing online services to colleges.

Single Sign-On for CCC Systemwide Technology Offerings

Low- or no-cost offerings to the colleges such as the Common Course Management System (Canvas), CCC MyPath, Education Planning, Degree Audit, Retention (Hobsons/Starfish), CCCApply, and all systemwide technology will be available to the colleges via the InCommon Federation when released.

How Do We Sign Up?

For information about how to sign up for InCommon membership, please read Joining InCommon Federation, or contact the Enabling Services College Relationship Managers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please let me know if I can answer any questions.

Best Regards,

Tim Calhoon, Executive Director
California Community Colleges Technology Center
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Office: 530.879.4091

CCC Systemwide Technology Platform

The California Community Colleges Technology Center facilitates a CCC Systemwide Technology Platform standard that allows the system to build new Web 2.0 applications that work together, provide sharable services to the colleges, and can incorporate legacy functionality as we transition to the next generation.

CCC Systemwide Technology Platform

The Systemwide Technology Platform is composed of the following technologies:

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA): Under this model, siloed applications are deconstructed into their component services and connected via secure Internet communications. This enables these component services to be reused by college or vendor applications and combined into composite applications.

Enterprise Portals: Most of the colleges are moving to some form of portal interface for their students. By providing our systemwide applications as portlets to the colleges, they can be plugged in to provide additional services and functionality for students. In addition, a systemwide portal would tie together our applications with a common front end.

Federated Identity: CSU, UC, and the California Community Colleges (CCC) have Federated Identity initiatives based on the InCommon Federation. Click for information about centrally paid InCommon membership for CCC. InCommon includes over 200 higher education Institutions, government agencies and vendors. The OpenCCC Federated Identity enables a common sign-in for students and staff across systemwide applications and institutions while increasing security and privacy.

Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: The emergence of elastic cloud platforms, where the computing power behind deployed applications is monitored to scale up or down to service demand loads, has made it possible to efficiently handle the annual cyclic student demand on student services applications without having to build a large data center to handle peak loads.

Business Intelligence: To facilitate analysis of student pathways, outcomes, transfer, and institutional performance for continuous improvement, there is a need to bring together various disparate data sourced from the existing applications within our system, and tie them together into usable structures that can be easily researched and presented to end users in a usable format for immediate and future decision making purposes.

Transforming The Platform

With the emergence of services from statewide initiatives such as CCC MyPath, new requirements have surfaced for the Systemwide Technology Platform.

Project Glue/SuperGlue: To not overwhelm college IT departments with connecting many new services to their Student Information Systems, there is a need to have a common connector and local control mechanism so that college IT only have to implement one interface and can control how data flows into and out of their SIS.

Data Lake: All of the new systemwide services are generating actionable data that can improve student outcomes and facilitate institutional improvement. There is a need to save data for long term research opportunities.

In-Memory Computing: Compute-intensive operations such as the recommender engine in the CCC MyPath portal must run in real time at a scale of tens of thousands of simultaneous sessions.




CCC Technology Center CommunicationThe California Community Colleges Technology Center coordinates with the Chancellor’s Office Communication Division to keep staff and faculty across the system informed about the technology projects funded by the Chancellor’s Office Division of Digital Innovation & Infrastructure (DII).

The DII Division is at the forefront of the future at the California Community Colleges. We improve the experience and outcomes for California's community college students by:

Digital Futures Newsletter

The Technology Center collaborates with the Chancellor's Office and Foundation for California Community Colleges to produce the Digital Futures Newsletter. Digital Futures is an effort of the Chancellor’s Office to improve the student user experiences and outcomes through technology initiatives. Led by the DII division, Digital Futures works to support the goals and commitments laid out in the Vision for Success to support student success, transfer rates, and career education. Visit Digital Futures.

CCC TechEDge News

CCC TechEDge News served as the system technology newsletter from 2004 to 2018. It was distributed as a print newsletter from 2004 to 2010, then distributed solely in digital format from 2010 to 2018. The TechEDge News digital archive is available at

Systemwide Technology Strategic Planning

The CCC Technology Center assists the Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) in producing and communicating the CCC Tech Plans developed by the CCCCO in coordination with the Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Committee (TTAC). Working with the CCCCO Communications Division, the CCC Technology Center also develops and maintains a set of communications and design standards to coordinate communications and branding across the initiatives.



Request For Proposals

There are no Requests for Proposals open at this time.


CCC Technology Center AccessibilityThe California Community Colleges Technology Center is committed to making its online applications accessible to individuals of all abilities. The Technology Center develops and maintains applications to be in compliance with California Government Code 7405, which requires such technologies to meet the accessibility requirements of Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794d, U.S.C. 255). Our goal is to make our services and applications accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities.

Web platforms and services are evolving constantly as is the support for assistive computer technologies. We welcome your feedback for improving the usability and accessibility of web applications and services. Please share your feedback or concerns with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we may improve the service for all participants.

Keyboard Commands

Web browsers provide support for a variety of keyboard commands to support navigation and interaction without requiring the use of a mouse. The following table includes common keyboard commands:

Desired Action


Mac OS X

Increase text size Control+Plus Sign Command+Plus Sign
Decrease text size Control+Minus Sign Command+Minus Sign
Restore text to default Control+0 Command+0
Move forward through form fields Tab Tab
Move backward through form fields Shift+Tab Shift+Tab
Go back a page Alt+Left Arrow Command+Left Arrow
Go forward a page Alt+Right Arrow Command+Right Arrow
Close the window Control+W Command+W


Additional keyboard commands may be found for the following supported web browsers:


Reporting an Issue

The Technology Center strives to test various assistive technologies and web browsers to ensure a positive user experience. However, some assistive technology and web browser combinations may function better than others. If you cannot access content or use a feature due to a disability, please report the issue to:

CCC Technology Center
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 1-877-247-4836
TTY: 661-334-8278
3536 Butte Campus Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Helpful feedback may include:

  • What you were trying to do
  • What technologies you may have been using
  • The barrier or issue you encountered
  • The web address where you experienced the issue

For more information about providing feedback, please see Contacting Organizations About Inaccessible Websites from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) for tips regarding what information you could provide so we can make improvements.

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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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