Distance Education


The Contra Costa Community College District (District) has received nearly $1.5 million in competitive grants for distance education at Contra Costa College (CCC), Diablo Valley College (DVC) and Los Medanos College (LMC). The three grants, two for the maximum of $500,000 and one for $461,000, were awarded as part of the California Community Colleges’ effort to improve opportunities for online career technical education (known locally as career education).

 The grants were provided by the Improving Online CTE Pathways Grants program, which is administered by the California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) and funded by a one-time $35 million budget augmentation under the state’s Budget Act of 2018.

 “Without access to online classes, many of our students who are working, parenting, disabled, or without transportation would be unable to complete their educational goals,” said Joanna Miller, the District’s Dean of Distance Education. “These grants support our District’s efforts to increase online course offerings and ensure that our courses are equitable and accessible to all of our students.”

 Districtwide, the grants will be used to increase support for faculty who are developing new or current online career education classes, certificates or programs. The grants will also fund faculty mentorship programs aimed at improving online course design, practice and pedagogy.

 The colleges’ existing career education courses will also receive a boost with an increase in online general education selections designed to help the more than 14,000 online students in the District earn their certificates and degrees faster. Among the degree and certificate programs being expanded to fully online are CCC’s Associate Degree for Transfer in Business Administration, DVC’s new certificate in Digital Marketing and LMC’s Associate Degree for Transfer in Spanish.

For any questions or more information regarding the grant, please contact, Laurie Huffman, the Distance Education Coordinator.


The Distance Education Team

Laurie Huffman- Distance Education Coordinator

Luis Zuniga- Distance Education Co-Chair

Sophia Ramirez- Distance Education Co-Chair

Penny Wilkins- Mentor Training and Grant Budget Coordinator

Courtney Diputado- Instructional Designer

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