SACRAMENTO – The Foundation of California Community Colleges (FCCC) has launched collegesoftware.org in partnership with e-academy Inc., and Microsoft Corporation. FCCC has worked closely with e-academy in developing the online store to provide drastically reduced price software directly to students of the 108 California Community Colleges. FCCC has also partnered with the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities to extend the opportunity to students at those 76 institutions.
“We are very pleased to finally provide significant software benefits to students,” said Dr. Larry Toy, President/CEO of the Foundation. “Our previous programs were exclusively for college faculty and staff. We think it is important that students have access to the software that is not only most-used by their colleges and instructors, but also in the workplaces they are preparing for.”
This program is available through a Student Select license agreement between FCCC and Microsoft Corporation. Products provided at collegesoftware.org include Office XP Standard, Office XP Professional, Office X Mac, and Windows XP Professional Upgrade, all at discounts of up to 80% off retail prices. The collegesoftware.org online store is driven by e-academy Inc.’s proprietary License Management System (ELMS) technology. e-academy Inc. is the market leader in providing end-to-end software delivery and license management solutions to software publishers and higher education institutions.
“We are very excited to work with FCCC and Microsoft Corporation to provide students with an easy-to-access, 24 hour online store that dramatically reduces administrative costs,” said Ram Raju, CEO of e-academy Inc. “This relationship confirms e-academy Inc.’s commitment to educational institutions to provide optimal solutions for reducing license management costs and offering a secure software distribution system for the educational community”.
Students must verify their status as currently-enrolled to qualify for these huge discounts. Purchases are made online with a credit card and the fully-licensed software is shipped via UPS.
The Foundation for California Community Colleges, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the official auxiliary for the 108 California Community Colleges. For more information, see www.foundationccc.org.