September 13, 2012 –City Colleges of Chicago’s revamped website has garnered a national “Best of the Web” from the Center for Digital Education. The Center, a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, announced this month that CCC was one of three winners around the country in its community college website category.
“The need for schools, universities and other educational institutions to have quality websites and applications is constantly increasing as online technologies become a bigger part of the educational process,” said Cathilea Robinett, Executive Vice President of e.Republic, the national publishing and research company of which the Center is a division. “The Center is delighted to recognize these outstanding displays of creativity and ingenuity!”
CCC re-launched its website in December 2011 to better support students’ effort to earn credentials of economic value and to unify its web presence under a central www.ccc.edu domain. The site’s design integrates CCC’s goal of guiding students to further education at a four-year school or a career by tightly coupling programs and careers. The new site debuted two important tools students can use to help meet their goals: CareerFinder
, which allows students to easily search for careers based on starting salary, degree required, industry/category and keyword; and ProgramFinder
, which allows students to easily search for programs based on area of study, degree, college, and keyword.
“We’re pleased that City Colleges has been recognized as having one of the best community college websites in the country,” said Arshele Stevens, CCC’s Chief Information Officer and Vice Chancellor of Information Technology. “Offering current and prospective students an informative and user-friendly website is one of our top priorities. This award is a testament to all the hard work of City Colleges’ faculty and staff, who continue to improve the colleges’ digital presence.”
In July, CCC redesigned the CareerFinder
tool to connect students to information about high-growth industries, for which the school’s College to Careers initiative
offers new and enhanced training.
This summer it released CCCmobile, its first app for iPhones
and Android phones
. CCCmobile allows students to stay connected to campus while on the move, giving students direct access to Blackboard Mobile Learn and CCC’s social media channels and news feed. It also provides students with emergency numbers and a Google Maps search feature to help students navigate CCC’s seven colleges and seven satellite sites.