FirstLink go-live date extended

Yesterday a decision was made to extend the ctcLink go-live schedule for FirstLink colleges. Tacoma and Spokane colleges were scheduled to shut down the legacy administrative systems and “Go-Live” with the new system (ctcLink) on November 17, but the SBCTC, Ciber, and FirstLink colleges’ executive teams recently reviewed all aspects of readiness and collectively agreed more time is needed.

“We are very close to where we need to be and everybody has worked so hard to get us to this point,” said ctcLink Project Director Barbara Martin, “but we all agree allowing a little more time will be beneficial to everyone.”

The additional time will be used to ensure the solution is sound, complete and fully ready for end users, as well as allowing ample time for knowledge transfer and training. The project team intends to press on with core project activities as if they were striving for the November 17 date, which will also allow time for a “dress rehearsal” in the new system in advance of the new go-live date.

“So much good work has been done and we have much more to do, “Barbara said. “We are going to keep the momentum going and push forward toward a successful implementation of ctcLink for the FirstLink colleges and beyond.”

The new go-live date for Tacoma and Spokane is under review and will be announced within the next few weeks.

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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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