Wave 3 colleges attend ctcLink Kickoff meeting

Wave 3 Kickoff Meeting

Wave 3 is the last group of colleges to implement ctcLink and, even though their go-live date is 40 months away, that didn’t stop all 11 colleges from participating in an informational session about the project. During the meeting, they heard about some important things Wave 3 colleges can be doing now to get ready, and how to engage staff campus-wide in the project (while not over-engaging, since they are several years away from actually using the new system).

Wave 3 colleges are: Bates, Bellevue, Bellingham, Centralia, Everett, Skagit Valley, South Puget Sound, Walla Walla, Wenatchee Valley, Whatcom and Yakima Valley.

The ctcLink project team provided an overview of the entire project, details about current data cleanup activities that all colleges have been doing, and suggestions for keeping that data clean in their current systems to allow for a smoother data conversion process once it’s their turn to implement ctcLink.

Wave 3 also got a chance to hear about their specific implementation activities, what to expect and when:

Wave 3 Timeline

(Nope, it’s not just you. Click the image above to expand it if you want to be able to see it clearly)

  • Local Configuration and Security: June – Sept 2016
  • Data Conversion Validation: May – Aug 2016
  • Testing (includes user testing): Oct 2016 – May 2017
  • Training: Dec 2016 – May 2017
  • Go-Live with ctcLink: May 2017
  • Stabilize/Optimize: June – Nov 2017

If you are interested in listening in on any of the recorded sessions (Wave 1, Wave 2 or Wave 3), viewing the presentations or browsing other resources, check out the Wave Resources webpage on the ctcLink website. That area of the website is available to college and SBCTC staff only.

Several colleges sent pictures of their team attending the session. A few colleges that were unable to take a photo during the meeting, instead shared their Seahawks Blue Friday campus pictures. I mean, it was a “kickoff meeting” after all, and one of the kickoff sessions was held the morning after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl! Hover over the photos to see each caption, or click on an image to bring up the photo gallery.

About ctclinknews

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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