Butte College has been recognized as a statewide leader in technology and nearly swept the California Community Colleges Technology Focus Awards, becoming the first college to receive three of the four prestigious awards.
Two technology leaders and four technology projects from the California Community Colleges were recognized for excellence by the System Office at the January meeting of the Board of Governors at the System Office in Sacramento.
Patrick Perry, Vice Chancellor of the System Office Technology, Research and Information Systems division, and Dr. Paul Lanning, President and CEO of the Foundation for California Community Colleges (CCC), presided at the ceremony.
The CCC Technology Awards Program was established in 2000 to acknowledge the contributions of individual leaders and projects that serve as models for others statewide. The four Focus Awards recognize project excellence in strategic and integrated uses of technology that benefit students, staff and faculty.
The three Butte College technology projects recognized with a Focus Award include the Statewide Electronic Transcript Exchange (CCCTran), the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) project (a collaborative grant project with Lake Tahoe Community College) and the Transfer Counselor Web site.
CCCTran offers all 110 California Community Colleges a Web-based resource for requesting, viewing and transmitting academic transcripts. CCCTran also works with other higher education segments, such as the University of California, the California State University and out-of-state systems. CCCTran substantially lowers both costs and environmental impact by reducing paperwork and mailing.
A project of the California Community College Technology Center, CCCTran is headquartered from Butte College in Northern California.
"CCCTran has been a long running effort involving many, including the CSU system and several community college pilot schools," said Tim Calhoon, Director of the Butte College CCC Technology Center and project lead for CCCTran. "It's an honor to have this project recognized at the state level. It is also rewarding to know that our project teams were involved in the other winning projects here at Butte College."
The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) "Stepping into Your Future" project provides extended education and opportunities for high school students who have not been able to pass the exam. The project offers a variety of interactive, comprehensive instructional programs accessible to students anytime via e-conference, videoconference and Internet.
The CAHSEE project is a CCC Technology Center partnership between Lake Tahoe Community College District, Butte-Glenn Community College District, UC Santa Barbara's Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCLA's Center for Digital Innovation and LA Unified School District.
"Working on statewide projects and bridging the interests of the many collaborative partners can be challenging," said Pam Thompson, Butte College's CAHSEE Project Director. "Working hard and overcoming those challenges is always worth it, as we can truly have a greater impact on education when we work together."
The Transfer Counselor Web site was created at Butte College to serve as a statewide initiative to disseminate information to help students transfer between colleges. The Web site gives counselors the capability to immediately access the admissions and graduation requirements of other schools without having to search for a paper catalog. The Web site is also accessible to out-of-state colleges.
The Transfer Counselor Web site is a collaborative effort of the California Community College System, the University of California, California State University and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities.
"We're delighted to see this recognition for the success of these three collaborative efforts. These projects all involved shared contributions by many different groups from across the broader educational community in California. They show just how much more we can achieve when we work together to serve all students," said Doug Cremer, Butte College's Executive Director of the CCC Technology Center and the California Virtual Campus.