TAMPA, Fla. & SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Link-Systems International, Inc. (LSI), a leading educational technology company that pioneered the concept of on-demand, 24/7 online tutoring in 1996, announced that the California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) intends to renew their contract held by the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) for the 2017-18 academic year. The announcement was made at 43rd Annual Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance (ACTLA) Conference at the Holiday Inn Sacramento-Capitol Plaza.
Under the extension, CCC students will continue to be able to use NetTutor, LSI’s flagship online tutoring service, WorldWideWhiteboard, its award-winning online collaboration platform, and Refer-Tutor-Report (RTR), its online tutoring referral system.
With 113 colleges, CCC is the largest system of higher education in the nation, and serves over 2 million students.
The original contract was awarded in 2014 after an RFP by the FCCC, whose mission is to benefit, support and enhance the mission of CCC, specifically helping to improve higher education opportunities throughout the state. The contract established a partnership with the OEI and provided piggyback options for non-OEI colleges that gave the same volume discounts. In total, over 70 of the CCCs use LSI solutions via the FCCC contract.
“Our experience with NetTutor and WorldWideWhiteboard has been very positive, for our students and faculty alike. While teaching courses myself last summer, I personally saw how both products helped our online students get the support they need, on their time, whether directly from professors or from NetTutor’s tutors,” said Dr. Barbara Illowsky, OEI Chief Academic Affairs Officer. “For CCC, it made sense to extend the contract to continue to offer tutoring and support for our students. They have busy lives, cannot often get to on-campus tutoring, and need online access on a 24/7-basis.”
CCC students will also get access to NetTutor Student Success, a new offering that meets the demand for services to help incoming students taking Student Success, or Freshman (or First-) Year Experience (FYE), courses. Interested colleges already offering NetTutor need to request NetTutor Student Success as part of their package.
In addition to CCC, LSI has statewide partnerships with Mississippi, Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
“The OEI and all of our CCC partner colleges are important to us. Winning the RFP and signing the original contract was a big validation point for us, and our collaboration since then has been rewarding. Signing the current contract extension is especially exciting since it is our second renewal to date. There are challenges to supporting so many colleges under one umbrella and the largest population of community college students in the country, and by renewing the contract with us, CCC is clearly saying that they value our partnership as much as we do,” said Vincent Forese, president, Link-Systems International. “The ACTLA conference continues to be a significant one for us; at last year’s, we announced the latest version of WorldWideWhiteboard, and turned that into a successful launch.”
According to Ray M. Sanchez, president of ACTLA and Learning Center Faculty Coordinator at Madera Community College Center, "Link-Systems International, Inc. demonstrates the embodiment of a quality partnership between a leading educational technology company and the practitioners on the ground supporting student success through tutoring. ACTLA is pleased to continue to collaborate with such a well-respected and innovative organization."
About Link-Systems International, Inc. (LSI)
Link-Systems International (www.link-systems.com) draws on two decades of innovation to deliver eLearning solutions that improve student success and institutional effectiveness. LSI partners value and trust LSI because of a shared purpose: helping students learn. All LSI solutions are FERPA & ADA compliant. With a satellite office in Tempe, AZ, the privately held EdTech company is based in Tampa, FL.
About the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC)
The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official nonprofit foundation to the California Community Colleges' Board of Governors and Chancellor's Office. The Foundation's mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community College system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works with Community Colleges and partner organizations to manage donations, grants, programs, and services that drive excellence in education. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation and receives no direct state or public support. | www.foundationccc.org.
About Online Education Initiative (OEI)
The Online Education Initiative (OEI) is a collaborative effort among California Community Colleges (CCCs) to ensure that significantly more students are able to complete their educational goals by increasing both access to and success in high-quality online courses. For more info, please go to: www.ccconlineed.org/.
The Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance (ACTLA) was organized in 1973 with the purpose of improving tutorial programs and services in California Community Colleges. More than 40 years after its inception ACTLA is a national organization but retains its original purpose: professional development and innovation for tutoring and learning center practitioners. ACTLA loves its roots (all segments of higher education in California) but its canopy (a national organization with a CLADEA affiliation) is reaching out and influencing the nation. For more info, please go to www.actla.info.