JOINING FORCES: From 2007 to 2012, budget cuts forced California Community Colleges to turn away 600,000 students. Now the system of 112 community colleges hopes streamlined online education offerings will prevent shutting out students in the future, according to Inside Higher Ed. CCC’s Online Education Initiative will let students sign up for classes across multiple institutions. A student at De Anza could enroll in an online course taught by faculty at Butte-Glenn, for example, if that class wasn’t offered on her home campus. CCC is using the Canvas platform for the initiative, which it’s rolling out this fall.