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California Community Colleges Partner with Waterfall Mobile on Statewide Emergency Notification Coverage

The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) has awarded a statewide emergency alert notification contract to Waterfall Mobile. The contract establishes Waterfall's AlertU as an approved technology through the official non-profit foundation for the California Community College (CCC) system office. Through this partnership, individual colleges may directly implement emergency communication services, eliminating lengthy technology evaluation and RFP processes.

"A significant priority for all California Community Colleges is ensuring a safe learning environment for our students," said Paul Lanning, president of the foundation. "Presenting the state's 110 community colleges with the opportunity to implement AlertU, Waterfall Mobile provides an easy and effective way for the colleges to communicate with students, faculty, and staff in emergency situations, something that is of critical importance on each and every California community college campus."

AlertU provides participating colleges the ability to send text message alerts and emergency updates to the mobile devices of campus communities in real-time. CCC administrators can create detailed emergency text messages, send alerts to targeted audiences, or broadcast school-wide emergency communications. AlertU has reporting and analytics providing detailed real-time tracking and monitoring. AlertU is already deployed across 35 CCC campuses.

Because it's delivered as a Web service, AlertU requires no technical integration. There are no fees to subscribers for enrolling in the service; however, standard text message rates apply.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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