A Digital Transformation at Foothill-De Anza CCD Bolstered by Adobe Sign
The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) signed an Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA) with Adobe, giving the state’s 116 community colleges affordable access to Adobe Sign and Adobe Acrobat Pro. Led by Joseph Moreau, Vice Chancellor of Technology and CTO at Foothill-De Anza Community College District (FHDA), FHDA jumped on the opportunity to improve operations for the district’s centralized business functions. Moreau’s team includes Chien Shih, Director of IT and Operations, and Claire Chang, Project Coordinator for Adobe Sign.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, there was a sudden influx in demand for digital workflows. Since the beginning, FHDA has published 43 workflows, with about half of them within the first few months. Virtually every paper form is now a PDF, and any document requiring a signature goes through Adobe Sign.
Moreau and his team have found that, with the ease and efficiency of using Adobe Sign and Acrobat, the tools catch on fast. Upon learning the user process, faculty and staff are naturally inclined to tell one another and forgo the traditional paper route. Looking forward, FHDA aims to further increase efficiency by encouraging people to collaborate on documents using Adobe Acrobat. The native collaboration and editing features within Adobe Acrobat make it even easier to create, refine, and gain consensus on new digital forms. FHDA also plans to use Adobe Sign to automate document generation and approval processes, saving with a more streamlined process.
The organization has a solid start to its digital transformation, even though it’s still in the early stages. “We’re looking for the next opportunity to serve students better, reduce workloads, and help faculty and staff focus on student engagement,” says Moreau. “Adobe Document Cloud will help us get to the next level.”
Combatting the Collaboration Challenge
For community college students - many of whom are juggling work and family obligations on top of schoolwork - working collaboratively with their peers can be challenging, even in the best of times, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated this challenge. With remote learning and teaching occurring at higher levels than ever before, how do educators ensure the benefits students gain from group interactions are not lost?
Furniture manufacturer, Haworth, offers collaboration tools like Bluescape®, a cloud-based platform aimed at improving the classroom experience, whether it takes place on campus, online, or a combination of both. From traditional lectures to recreating lab and studio atmospheres in a virtual setting, Bluescape is designed to accelerate results by allowing individuals and groups to create, communicate, and brainstorm, keeping students and instructors connected, motivated, and engaged. It’s accessible on multiple devices including laptops, tablets, and mobile devices, as well as large scale, high-definition multi-touch screens. Multiple users from any location can work simultaneously in real time to organize, display, retrieve, and edit information in a way that is profoundly effective.
- Enables students and instructors to share, present, and review class materials, assignments, and projects from any device, at any time
- Information organized in one cohesive spot
- Focus on content allows students to digest materials at their own pace
- Ability to track project progression or lesson plans from start to finish
- Can be used in real time or as users’ schedules permit
- Integrates with leading audio and visual systems like Cisco WebEx, keeping communication closely linked to content
- Limitless opportunities for students, faculty, and administrators
Bluescape is helping teachers nationwide engage in collaborative, creative, and tech-forward learning. To learn more about this Higher Education solution, please contact Kelsey Heng, FCCC’s Haworth vendor contact, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vendor Consolidation and Cost Containment
The community colleges are faced with a multitude of IT-related challenges during these unprecedented times. IT decision makers are dealing with budget constraints, supply chain limitations, and are being overwhelmed with a rapid expansion of offerings from manufacturers and OEM’s.
CDW-G is here to assist you by simplifying and streamlining the vendor and procurement practices; here are a few examples of how:
- Latest innovations: Focus on new technologies that enable the Return to Work/School, such as thermal imaging, contact tracing, and occupancy counting.
- Best solution: Dedicated to providing best-fit solution whether that’s based on performance, ease of integration, cost, or all the above.
- Multiple vendors: Leverage a variety of OEM partnerships to identify the best-fitting solution and extract competitive offerings on your behalf.
- Expertise: ITS organization that provides technical engineering services and recommendations.
- Warehouse: Take a strategic stocking position to meet the needs of our clients. We were able to source a variety of solutions and assist our customers when much of the market was out of inventory.
- Ongoing maintenance: Provide guidance on how to extend the usable life of your equipment
- Lower cost alternatives: Research lower cost alternatives on commonly purchased solutions that still meet your specifications/requirements.
If you are interested in having a more detailed conversation focused on your institution’s needs, please reach out to your dedicated CDW-G account team.
Working Comfortably from Home with Steelcase Products
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, Steelcase is pleased to offer discounting for all California Community College employees for any personal purchase of Steelcase products for their home office use. This program is accessible through Steelcase’s retail site at www.store.steelcase.com. A user account & log-in using your community college email address is required to access these discounts. Please contact Kevin Schmidtbauer at Steelcase (email@example.com, (415) 699-9529) to set up your college district with an authorized site.
Simplify Your Technology Orders with B&H Photo
In today’s current environment, budgets are being cut, funds are constantly being redirected, and projects are continuously being revised and changed to accommodate the needs of students and campuses due to the pandemic. B&H is here to help make your technology needs simpler. We have experts on staff to make recommendations to you and determine the best solutions for getting classrooms set up for remote learning. Through our contract with the FCCC, we have helped a number of districts source incredibly hard-to-find items like chromebooks, webcams, PTZ cameras, and more. We were able to source hundreds of chromebooks for College of the Sequoias and we even assisted Coast Community College District source 100 cameras that were previously discontinued. Whatever your needs are, B&H is here to help make your job easier during unprecedented times. With online quoting and ordering on our portal (www.bandh.com/FCCC) purchasing with us is now easier and simpler than ever. Please feel free to reach out directly to Ariel Sobin, firstname.lastname@example.org, and he can help with all of your technology needs.
Parker Lighting UV-C Solutions
Since 1965, Parker Lighting has been a staple of the Inglewood Community, providing lighting solutions for residential, commercial, industrial, and retail spaces in Southern California. They have been counted on to provide advice, lighting fixtures and illumination for homes, shops, stadiums, hospitals, public areas, and educational institutions. Parker Lighting is a certified small business, aligning with district initiatives in buying local, and is one of three lighting vendors recommended by the Foundation of California Community Colleges CollegeBuys program.
UV-C lighting has been around for over 100 years to eradicate surface, air, or water viral particles and germs. It has been used successfully in hospitals, operating rooms and medical offices to eliminate Tuberculosis, MERSA, mold, bacteria, flu, and more. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, UV-C technology has increasingly been accepted and used outside the medical arena as a permanent or mobile non-chemical lighting and HVAC solution.
For the safest and most effective use, UV-C lighting needs to be customized according to location needs and set-up by professionals with tested and certified technology. Parker Lighting is proud to offer fixtures and applications directly from industry experts. As colleges begin to open, UV-C should be an integral component in creating safe pathogen-resistant solutions for the classrooms, local gathering areas, restrooms, locker rooms, food prep & eating facilities, etc.
No matter how large or small, Parker Lighting will create a customized UV-C solution to address your location/area specific disinfecting needs. To learn more, visit www.ParkerLighting.com or call us at (877) 310-8193.
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