College (and SBCTC) staff showed up in force for the Wave 2 Kickoff meetings held this week. Even though the Wave 2 “go live” date for ctcLink is nearly 30 months away, ctcLink project director Barbara Martin said it’s not too soon for Wave 2 colleges to get involved and gain a better understanding of what’s to come.
“We had 100% participation and very large crowds at each college and SBCTC,” Barbara said. “This is very encouraging and I appreciate everyone’s time and enthusiasm.”
Among many, many other topics, Tara Keen, ctcLink Functional Applications Manager, explained to Wave 2 why it’s important for them to be involved in the current and future data cleanup activities. Even though the Wave 2 implementation date is more than a couple years away there are things that need to be cleaned up now. For example, students and employees will have one, consolidated record in the system — no matter how many of our colleges they’ve been affiliated with. She explained that when it comes to Person Information in PeopleSoft, also referred to as Bio/Demo data, we are striving to match up and consolidate as many of those records as possible before FirstLink colleges go live in August 2014. In addition, she explained that doing the cleanup now is beneficial to Wave 2 colleges because those subject matter experts can gain a better understanding of how the data lives in PeopleSoft, and how the data currently being entered in the legacy system impacts our ability to convert that data. She encouraged colleges to look at areas where they may want to implement changes to how data is entered now to ensure fewer data problems and headaches as colleges get close to their own deployment.
If you’re in Wave 2 (see list below) and you missed the session this week, a link to the recorded session is available on Wave Resources webpage.
Wave 2 colleges: Big Bend, Cascadia, Clover Park, Edmonds, Highline, Lake Washington, Olympic, Renton, SBCTC, Seattle, Shoreline.
Thanks to several of the Wave 2 colleges for sharing some photos of their college leadership, ctcLink teams and SMEs enjoying the Wave 2 kickoff webinar!