Online counseling is an important component of the Online Education Initiative. Nearly 27% of California Community College students will take a distance education course this year and fifty-one percent of our colleges offer certificates and degrees that can be earned without stepping onto campus for classes*.
The California Community Colleges Online Counseling Network (CCC-OCN) offers colleges the resources required for all their students to have access to high quality counseling services in an online environment. This work conforms to regulations regarding equity of student support services in distance education (more information).
This OEI service has the following components:
- A uniform approach to online counseling developed in collaboration with the OEI Steering Committee and California Community Colleges wishing to participate in the pilot program
- An online counseling meeting and collaboration platform provided by Cranium Café
- A community of online counselors from participating California Community Colleges who are trained in working with online students utilizing the same platform
- Counselor professional development training and materials that are aligned with the National Board of Certified Counselors standards for distance counseling professionals
After a thorough selection process led by the Online Counseling Work Group of the OEI Steering Committee, Cranium Café was selected as the meeting and collaboration platform for the Online Counselor’s Network Project. The Cranium Café technology will serve as the foundation for the OEI Online Counseling Network to be launched in mid-Spring 2016.
For more information about gaining access to the Cranium Café solution visit CollegeBuys .
*Key Facts about California Community Colleges, January 16, 2015
TechEdge: “OEI Updates: Initiative”
TechEDge: “Online Ed Selects Online Counseling Platform”