California Connects  
Contact us
Jorge J.C. Sales
Director of California Connects
T: 916.491.4467

Allan Alday
Program Coordinator
T: 916.498.6777


California Connects

A Synergistic Partnership

California Connects offers a multi-pronged approach to increasing digital literacy and broadband access for underserved communities for whom computer and internet access is still a challenge. California Connects maximizes service to our communities by leveraging deep partnerships with experts in complimentary academic, community, technology, and communication arenas.

California Connects Grantor
•    National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Academic & Community-Based Partners
•    American River College
•    Great Valley Center

California Community College Chancellor's Office
•    California Community College Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program

Technology & Communication Partners
•    Adobe
•    AT&T
•    Certiport
•    Hewlett Packard
•    Insight
•    Microsoft Corporation

  Select a California Connects Partner  
Click on a partner logo below for more information.


 broadbandusa  american river college  california community colleges  mesa
 great valley  adobe  at&t  certiport
 HP  insight  microsoft




California Connects is funded by a $10.9 million Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). In addition to oversight, NTIA provides California Connects with technical assistance and training resources in areas such as grants management, procurement, communications strategic planning, and knowledge transfer among grantees through the nation.

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  American River College  

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American River College (ARC) serves over 35,000 students each semester in the suburban Sacramento County. Consistent with its vision of transforming and enriching people’s lives, ARC has a high level of commitment to California Connects. Under the leadership of Dean Derrick Booth, faculty of ARC’s Business and Computer Science Division joined California Connects to develop two new digital literacy tools.

Read the California Connects ARC Partnership Press Release >

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  California Community Colleges  

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The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) is the administrative branch of the California community college system – the largest higher education system in the nation. This state organization provides leadership and technical assistance to the 109 community colleges and 72 community college districts in California. It is also responsible for allocating state funding to the colleges and districts.

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The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program is one of many successful programs at the community colleges designed to help students reach their academic and career goals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Celebrating 40 years of service, MESA has empowered students to transfer to top colleges and universities and go on to be doctors, engineers, astrophysicists, scientists, and teachers in an array of fields.

Through the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, MESA is an academic partnership with the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) that serves economically disadvantaged California community college students at 33 of California’s 112 community colleges:

• Allan Hancock College
• American River College
• Bakersfield College
• Butte College
• Cabrillo College
• Cañada College
• City College of San Francisco
• College of the Canyons
• College of the Desert
• College of the Sequoias
• College of the Siskiyous
• Cosumnes River College
• East Los Angeles College
• El Camino College
• Gavilan College
• Hartnell College
• Los Medanos College
• Mendocino College
• Mission College
• Napa Valley College
• Pasadena City College
• Rio Honda College
• Sacramento City College
• San Diego City College
• San Joaquin Delta College
• Santa Ana College
• Santa Barbara City College
• Santa Rosa Junior College
• Skyline College
• Solano Community College
• Southwestern College
• Ventura College
• Yuba College

MESA students provide mission-critical community service through California Connects by conducting outreach and broadband adoption training to family and community members. A related component of California Connects provides each MESA student with a laptop computer to conduct community service as well as access to Microsoft training and certification on their college campus.

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  Great Valley Center  

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 The Great Valley Center (GVC) is a non-profit organization that supports activities and organizations benefiting the economic, social and en¬vironmental well-being of the Central Valley.

Through convenings, leadership development, and regional projects GVC helps communities find solutions to challenges that will build toward a better future in the Central Valley.  With a strong "vision for the valley" GVC works to strengthen the base of Valley expertise, resources, and ability of Valley communities to act on their own behalf.

GVC partners with California Connects to enhance public awareness and provide digital literacy outreach and training to an 18 county region of the Central Valley.

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Adobe manufactures award-winning software solutions for network publishing, including Web, print, video, wireless, and broadband applications.

Adobe's graphic design, imaging, dynamic media, and authoring tools enable customers to create, publish, and deliver visually rich content.

Laptop computers distributed to Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) students through California Connects are equipped with Adobe pdf reader and flash.

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AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates -- AT&T operating companies -- are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

Laptop computers distributed to Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) students through California Connects are equipped with 6 months of AT&T 5G service.

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Certiport is the world leader in performance-based certification practice test and program management solutions to academic institutions and IT professionals through an expansive network of over 10,000 partners in 142 countries worldwide.

Certiport testing centers will be created at each of the 33 community colleges partnering with California Connects to provide Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) students with access to Microsoft certification exams in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and/or Access.

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Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ), commonly referred to as HP, is a multinational information technology company.

HP Laptop computers recently distributed to community college Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) students conducting digital literacy outreach and training as well as Microsoft certification through California Connects.

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Insight Direct USA, Inc. is the U.S. operating division of Insight Enterprises, Inc., a leading technology provider of hardware, software and service solutions to business and government clients in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

Insight provides leadership for imaging, activation, and deployment of “plug and play” laptop computers to community college Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) students throughout the state.

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Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq ‘‘MSFT’’) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Laptop computers distributed to community college Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) students through California Connects are equipped with Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 including media. Respectively, MESA students are using the Microsoft IT Academy to prepare for taking a certification exam in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and/or Access.

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