What is a portal?
A portal, on the internet, can be best described as a gateway: a place where you can find information about a particular
subject (e.g., garden.com) or a starting place for more general information (e.g., yahoo.com). Portals generally include
search capability, easy access to related information and/or sites, and the ability to target content to specific viewers.
What is the difference between the InSite portal and the college websites?
The InSite portal is a gateway to all things online in the Contra Costa Community College District: college websites, registering for
classes, events, campus directories, etc. While most of this information was previously available, the InSite portal makes it easier and faster to find what you need.
How do I login on the InSite portal?
Click on the link on any of the websites. If you have previously used WebAdvisor, type in your Username and Password and click on the Log-in button.
The InSite portal utilizes the same username and password as WebAdvisor. WebAdvisor is also available through the portal.
If you have never used WebAdvisor click here for assistance on your user ID.
For assistance with your password click here.
Can I access my college's website through the portal?
Yes. In the upper right hand corner of the portal page should be your college's logo. Clicking on any of the links in that web part
will take you to the colleges sites. Additionally at the bottom of every web page is a link to all the colleges in the district.
When I login to the portal I see the wrong college logo or I don't see a logo?
New portal users may not immedately see their college specific information. That will appear within 24 hours of logging into the portal.
If you see the incorrect collge logo displayed in the portal you will need to contact your admissions and records department (see bottom of page)
to have your primary location changed.
What browser works best with the InSite portal?
The portal is best viewed using Firefox 3 or higher, Safari 3 or higher, Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, with Java enabled, and a resolution of 800x600 or greater.
I wanted to view a PDF file, but I got an error message, what do I do?
Some documents have been created as PDF, which require Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can get the free reader at http://get.adobe.com/reader.
I want to change my password.
Click here to go to the Account Services page in the
InSite portal. You can change your password there. You will need to login to the portal.
I forgot my username. How can I find out what it is?
Click here for assistance with your username.
I need assistance and the online services haven't helped. How can I get more help?
Please send an email to the following: firstname.lastname@example.org
For assistance with admissions and records questions such as your application, grades, transcript, registration, account fees, etc., please call your Admissions and Records office:
Contra Costa College - (510) 235-7800 ext. 7500
Diablo Valley College - (925) 685-1310
Los Medanos College - (925) 439-2181 ext. 7500
If you need further assistance please call the Help Desk:
What is the new email system?
The Contra Costa Community College District has partnered with Microsoft through a program called Live@edu.
This program provides web based email to all students throughout our District, and it's being used by more than
30 million students around the world. Our Live@edu e-mail service is called InSite Mail and it includes many great
features such as a 25 Gig SkyDrive for each student, Windows Messenger and access to MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote online.
Can I change my InSite Mail password? How?
Yes you can change your password.
Click here to change your password.
How do I access my InSite Mail account?
You will access your InSite Mail by clicking the "Check My InSite Mail" button just above the calendar on the Students page of the portal.
Can I opt out of the new email service?
No. This will be your your official email address on your student record. You will be expected to check your email
frequently and stay aware of college communications. However, you can easily forward or redirect your InSite Mail to a personal account.
Can I consolidate email from my other accounts into my InSite Mail account?
Absolutely! You can forward e-mail from other accounts to your InSite Mail inbox and have it all in one place. Read the directions here:
Downloading External E-mail Accounts to InSite Mail
Can I forward this account to another email address?
Yes you can. It's very simple to forward or redirect your InSite Mail to your personal account.
You have three options for forwarding InSite Mail:
- Read and follow the instructions to write a forwarding rule yourself: Forwarding Your InSite Mail
- Watch the YouTube video which demonstrates how to write the forwarding rule, then do it yourself: How to Forward Your InSite Mail
- Log in and click the Email Forwarding button, and then complete the request form to have the forwarding rule created for you.
Can I receive a text message when I get an e-mail message?
Yes! InSite Mail can send you a text message anytime an e-mail arrives in your mailbox, or from specific people or e-mail addresses.
You simply have to conifigure an e-mail rule and provide your cell phone number.
Check out the instructions here: Setting up InSite Mail to Send Text Messages
Can I change my email address?
No. Your e-mail address is automatically assigned based on your InSite portal username. The format is email@example.com. You are not able to modify this address.
Can I setup my InSite Mail account on my phone?
Yes! Your InSite Mail account can be easily configured on your mobile phone. Check out the directions here:
InSite Mail on Your Mobile Phone
Can I hook up Outlook on my PC to my InSite Mail mailbox?
Unfortunately you can't. With the enhanced security of InSite Mail the outlook desktop client cannont be directly connected to the mailbox but you can use IMAP or POP3 to connect.
Click here to find more information about connecting outlook using POP3 or IMAP.
Where can I get more info on SkyDrive?
You can explore all the features and capabilities of SkyDrive here:
Getting Started With Your SkyDrive
What do I do if I deleted something I needed from email?
InSite Mail functions much the same as MS Outlook and all of your deleted items are stored in a folder that you manage.
More information about deleted mail can be found here:
About Deleted InSite Mail Messages