Helping students make the most of their education is our highest priority at Hobsons. That’s why I am so pleased to announce today a major partnership with the California Community Colleges that will give more than two million students the ability to identify their academic goals, recognize when they encounter challenges, develop personalized course plans, and make informed choices about their education.

Teams from Hobsons and California’s Education Planning Initiative (EPI) are working closely with nine California college districts to pilot the software this fall before extending the capabilities to the remaining 103 colleges in 2016. The pilot campuses are:

1.    City College of San Francisco
2.    Los Medanos College (Contra Costa Community College District)
3.    Fresno City College (State Center Community College District)
4.    Crafton Hills College (San Bernardino Community College District)
5.    Mt. San Jacinto College
6.    Santa Barbara City College
7.    El Camino College
8.    Victor Valley College
9.    Santa Rosa Junior College

This will be the first major integration of Hobsons’ degree-planning solution, Starfish Degree Planner (formerly known as AgileGrad) with Starfish Early Alert student success software.

The combined solution will assist students in mapping out multi-year course plans while balancing work and childcare schedules, financial concerns, and other challenges.

In addition, the colleges will be able to bolster student success and completion rates by identifying students who are struggling and breaking down communication silos so faculty and staff can support students throughout their time at the colleges.

Hobsons is dedicated to helping students explore how their strengths and interests align to their life goals, and to supporting students as they achieve those goals. We look forward to working with the dedicated advisors, administrators, technology experts and students at the California Community Colleges.

For more information on the partnership, please read the press release.

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