CCA has partnered with Google to provide email services. You can access your CCA Mail in several ways:

  • - on the web. This will take you to the standard Gmail interface. It is also where to go to perform administrative actions such as setting mail forwarding or vacation responders.
  • Email Clients - ETS strongly recommends using the Gmail web interface to access your email, however, you can still access your email with Thunderbird or Apple Mail (CCA Staff and chairs will use the web interface for email access on CCA-owned computers).
  • Mobile - Google has a list of supported mobile devices and their setup instructions.
  • IOS - Google's help page for iPhones and other Apple devices.

Gmail includes Google Chat, a built-in chat service that you can use to send and receive instant messages with other students and colleagues. You can also chat with anyone outside of CCA who uses Google chat or other chat programs such as Yahoo! or AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).

View our Gmail training video.

Email Support

CCA provides all students, faculty, and staff with a college email account.  We highly recommend that all members of the CCA community activate and use their account in order to receive important, college–wide announcements.

Activating your Email Account

New students can activate their email account by visiting the Account Management Page. There, you will find links to activate your account and simultaneously enable your directory account, letting you log in to computers in CCA labs.

Faculty email accounts are created automatically. Once a faculty member has been officially hired by CCA, their email account is generated overnight. A letter containing login credentials and instructions is then sent to the mailing address on file for the faculty member.

Staff email accounts are also created automatically, and login credentials are given to new staff during the Technology Orientation.

Technical Support for Email

Below find several how-to articles for answers to common questions. If you can't find your answer there, please contact the ETS Helpdesk at 510.594.5010 or submit a ticket online.