Update on ctcLink Testing, Training and FirstLink Go-Live

In preparation for a February 23, 2015 Go-Live date for FirstLink colleges, several activities are taking place to prepare the ctcLink system and its users for a successful launch.

  • User Acceptance Testing (UAT) continues and is now 80% complete. (See the Spotlight on Testing for more details and kudos!)
  • Select FirstLink and SBCTC/ctcLink staff are involved in in-depth PeopleSoft training this month. Financial Aid subject matter experts (SMEs) already completed their in-depth training in November. This week, the focus is on General Ledger, Cash Management and the Campus Solutions (CS) pillar, including Student Financials. Next week is dedicated to Human Capital Management (HCM) and the following week will cover Grants, Contracts and Project Costing.  Slots were limited for this training and FirstLink college leadership determined who on their campus would be attending.
  • The ctcLink project team (Ciber and SBCTC) performed a Practice Go-Live last week to test out specific activities that will be performed during the “cutover” process, which is when the final configured system and all FirstLink colleges’ data is loaded into the true “live” ctcLink environment. The practice run helped the team determine the actual time it will take to perform these activities. A payroll parallel test is scheduled for this month.

PS – If you are new to your college or are just now learning about the ctcLink project, “FirstLink” refers to our pilot colleges and “ctcLink” is the name for the entire project of implementing our new student and administrative systems. If you or someone you know needs to get up to speed, check out and share these ctcLink FAQs.

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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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