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Michigan community colleges often find that by leveraging their combined purchasing power, it's possible to obtain advanced technologies at reduced cost. The MCO has negotiated preferred pricing on products and services from the following vendors:

BlackBelt LMS Help Desk - IT Help Desk services for students, staff and faculty to augment existing institution help desk services and provide 24/7/365 service. Details can be found here (Word Doc).

FitFaculty - Faculty qualifications management software. MCO has negotiated a collaborative discount of 10% off the annual subscription rate for the first year.  Contact Jessica Snyder at 616.970.2223 or

Kaltura - Video management and creation tools that integrate with many of the leading LMSs, social business, CMS, and marketing automation platforms. Staff and students can easily create, upload, edit, caption, manage, publish, discover and deliver high quality video to any device, live or on demand. 

Key facts about this MCO agreement:

MiCTA - Technology Solutions for Members Nationwide

NetTutor - US based online tutoring service for all students.  MCO negotiated discount is 15% off standard pricing.  Click here for more information.  Contact Ryan Mizner at 616.438.2178 or rmizner@link-systems. com.

ReadSpeaker - A text- to-speech technology that gives a voice to websites, online courses, digital books, etc.  Aligning with ADA accessibility guidelines, ReadSpeaker enhances the learning experience for all students and assists those who are dyslexic, ESL, learning disabled, ADHD, non-traditionals and poor readers.  MCO’s collaborative statewide purchase reduces cost by leveraging a combined FTE.  Colleges will get a savings of 25% off standard pricing. Click here for current pricing structure (PDF).

TechSmith - Digital learning tools and video platform

  • Snagit and Camtasia, on-campus licenses for all faculty, staff and students with home use licenses rights for faculty and staff.
  • Relay video platform with storage, analytics, LMS integration and auto captioning license.
  • Three years of software maintenance included.
  • Consortium price will see a savings of 80% over purchasing licenses individually.
  • Contact Matt Dennis ( for details.

Zoom -  Cloud based video conferencing service

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