Goodbye November, hello ctcLink update

ctcLink project team leadership has been ridiculously busy this month. Here are a few things contributing to the lack of white space on their calendars:

The contract negotiations with Ciber and Oracle are going well. We hope to have a contract in place by the end of January. Sticking to the planned schedule has required back-to-back, day-long meetings with both vendors over the last few weeks to iron out contract details, timelines, responsibilities, costs, etc.

In addition to contract negotiations, the team also held several interviews for both the Project Management (PM) Request for Proposal and the Quality Assurance (QA) Request for Proposal:

  • The successful firm/consultant for PM will have experience working with higher education systems similar to ours on large implementation projects like ctcLink. The firm will appoint a consultant to develop and track project plans, report project status, and manage issues, scope and risks.
  • The QA firm/consultant is critical for large IT/integration projects such as ours, and it’s also required by the state’s Chief Information Office. The chosen QA will be tasked with independently validating the quality of the project’s work, and ensuring the project is on track for meeting our overall ctcLink objectives.

And, there’s more. Following several rounds of interviews, we also have a few more project team members to introduce to you, but that will have to wait until next week.

Enjoy this last day of November!

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ctcLink is a single, centralized system of online tools for student services and administrative functions for all 34 community and technical colleges in Washington. In the next several years, ctcLink will be implemented on every campus, providing online tools for everything from admissions to graduation. The first three ("FirstLink") colleges came online in August 2015. A wave of 8 more colleges (cleverly named "Wave 1") will switch over to the new ctcLink system in August 2016, followed by Wave 2 in 2017 and Wave 3 in 2018.
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