You’ve most likely heard that the ctcLink Steering Committee recently recommended a delay to the 10/31/2016 Wave 1 go-live date. Why? The ctcLink/SBCTC finance team in particular has remained focused on assisting finance staff at the FirstLink (FLC) colleges (Tacoma and Spokane). The team provided several weeks of hands-on, on-site support at each FLC in May and June and they are now making themselves available remotely in July to assist Tacoma and Spokane staff with their first year-end close in ctcLink.
As a result, the finance team (and student financials) remains mostly unavailable for Wave 1 activities, which wasn’t anticipated when the Wave 1 implementation schedule was originally set. The project and FLC finance teams are doing important and necessary work, but due to this schedule compression, committee members agreed the October date presented a significant risk and recommended delaying the launch date for Wave 1 (by about three months or whatever is determined as the next, best-available window to switch over to ctcLink). As a reminder, Wave 1 is Clark, Columbia Basin, Green River, Lower Columbia, Peninsula, Pierce and the SBCTC Office.
Project management is in the process of collecting feedback and information from key groups to provide an informed recommendation to the steering committee regarding a new go-live date for Wave 1 (with a special emphasis on what will work best for financial aid activities). The recommendation will go to the steering committee next week for review. Once approved, the new date will be announced.
Committee membership is built around the system-wide Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges (WACTC) organizational structure (WACTC, WACTC Commissions), along with other key representation, non-voting members and staff to the committee.
Find out what’s going on with Wave 1!
Wave Link: Episode 6
- Meet Sherry Felchlin, ctcLink project manager at Green River College
- Configuration is underway for Wave 1 colleges. Jason previews the schedule. (Configuration is the process of process of making settings in PeopleSoft so the system performs in a way to meet colleges’ business requirements. While global settings are in place, there is a fair amount of local configuration to do for items that are unique to each college (building names/numbers, courses/classes, departments, etc.)
- Get to know Earl Macom, Ciber’s HCM Functional Lead for ctcLink
Wave Link: Episode 7
- Meet Eduardo Rodriguez, ctcLink project manager for Columbia Basin
- Upcoming Wave 1 project activities and security training information for Wave 1
- Get to know Teri Skelton, Finance Functional Analyst for SBCTC
In this episode:
- Meet Eli Hayes, ctcLink project manager at Lower Columbia College
- Update from Wave 1 coordinator Jason Gordon about the Wave 1 Foundational Planning meeting and the upcoming Configuration activities on the Wave 1 Project Roadmap
- Get to know Brian Lanier, lead of the Human Capital Management (HCM) pillar
Watch Wave Link: Episode 5 now!
In this video: Wave Link: Episode 4
- Meet Mary Hunchberger, Peninsula College’s ctcLink project manager
- Take a good look inside the ctcLink project plan with Ciber’s Keri Hanrahan
- Get to know Sherrie Hovde, one of SBCTC’s functional analysts for the Human Capital Management (HCM) pillar
The WaveLink: Episode 3 video is here, with:
- A message from SBCTC’s Mike Scroggins (thanks to FirstLink colleges, some lessons learned and next steps)
- ctcLink staff spotlight on Ciber’s Joe Carl
- An introduction to the Lucidchart tool for mapping out business processes