FirstLink planning gets underway

FirstLink college project leadership met with ctcLink project leadership last week to review the project schedule and status, get a better understanding of local project management and project resource needs, and determine next steps.

“Everyone was engaged and asked all the right questions to help us set the groundwork for the challenging, yet exciting work ahead,” said ctcLink Project Manager Jeff Thompson. “This was the first of many meetings to come.”

Andy Duckworth, TCC ctcLink project manager and Dick Hol, Community Colleges of Spokane project manager (both newly appointed in these roles) had great things to say about this first step.

Andy Duckworth, TCC ctcLink project manager, and Silvia Barajas, TCC VP of Administrative Services and TCC's ctcLink executive sponsor, attended the project management meeting kickoff in Bellevue

Andy Duckworth, TCC ctcLink project manager, and Silvia Barajas, TCC VP of Administrative Services and TCC’s ctcLink executive sponsor, attended the project management kickoff meeting.

“The project scope is quite impressive, with 18,000 lines in the project!” said TCC’s Andy Duckworth. “I am very excited to work with people from all over the campus as well as ctcLink staff and the team in Spokane. The SME team leads have been wonderful. Allowing me to sit in on their meetings to help me get up to speed and get on the same page as our SME teams on campus. For the past 13 years at TCC I have been hoping for a transition from our current administrative system to something a bit more modern and now I am very excited that I get to play a part in it.”

“We have been anxious to learn more details about the ctcLink project and the FirstLink colleges meeting provided a lot of information that will help the CCS ctcLink teams to prepare for this exciting project,” said Dick Hol, Community Colleges of Spokane ctcLink Project Manager and former CIO of CCS.  “Anne Tucker and I appreciated the thorough review by the SBCTC and Ciber teams as well as the documentation and tools that were provided. The FirstLink project and resource plan and clarification of team roles and responsibilities were particularly helpful as we assign ctcLink duties and prepare to backfill SME positions. Tracking progress via the SharePoint site and establishing regular status meetings will be important in managing project timelines and expectations.”

Anne Tucker, Community Colleges of Spokane PIO and CCS ctcLink team member chats with ctcLink project director Barbara Martin

Anne Tucker, Community Colleges of Spokane PIO and CCS ctcLink team member chats with ctcLink project director Barbara Martin

Spokane's ctcLink project manager Dick Hol and TCC ctcLink team member Charlie Crawford (Dean for Business, Learning Resources and ESL) attended the March 19 ctcLink meeting.

Spokane’s ctcLink project manager Dick Hol and TCC ctcLink team member and Director for Academic Services Charlie Crawford attended the March 19 ctcLink meeting.

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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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