Betsy Abts has joined the ctcLink Project Team as the Student Academic Module Project Lead. In this role, she will focus on assisting colleges with the student and academic components of ctcLink implementation. It’s her second week on the job and she is already working on various aspects of the business process documentation activities, while also looking into requirements of the new system that we’ll need for compliance reporting.
Betsy entered the community and technical college system in 1993 as a second career, after a longstanding devotion to a career in the ballet and dance arts as director/choreographer. She says she quickly found a good fit in the career path of Student Affairs where her previous belief in the arts to save lives migrated to the mission of community college and its ability to save lives. Her career progression included work at four community colleges – Seattle Central, Seattle Vocational Institute, Lake Washington and finally to North Seattle Community College. She has held positions related to registration, admissions, testing centers, financial aid and, most recently, was the Associate Dean of Enrollment/Registrar at North Seattle CC, where, she says, “I found a perfect fit for my creative skills and where the need to choreograph chaos into order was a welcomed commodity.” (That is sure to come in handy for the ctcLink project, by the way).
Having hit the ground running along with the rest of the ctcLink functional/process team, she now understands why she was issued a ctcLink survival kit along with her new phone number, email account and work station. What was in it? Coffee, chocolate, meditation CD, sleeping bag, more chocolate, tea, more coffee, calming music and aspirin.
Still, she said, “I am greatly looking forward to working with all 34 colleges on this endeavor called ‘ctcLink’.”