New FirstLink go-live date coming soon!

ctcLink, Ciber and FirstLink college project leadership has been working diligently the last several weeks to determine a new go-live date for FirstLink colleges. After extensive review of the remaining tasks in the project plan, as well as allocating project and college resources to each task, the team is focusing in on a late August timeframe. The team is reviewing the schedule in more detail and the FirstLink college project managers are in the process of verifying the proposed timing with college leadership, subject matter experts and others in their campus community. It is expected that a go-live date recommendation will be made to SBCTC board members at their board meeting later this month, at which time it is expected the new go-live date for Tacoma and Spokane colleges will be announced. The schedule for Wave 1-3 implementation needs further review, but the team is working hard to determine if deploying each wave in 8-10 month increments is feasible.

“We’ve gone through a variety of steps to do our due diligence to pick a date that we are confident we can meet,” said Project Director Barbara Martin. This included an external review, which was conducted recently to look at the project plan, current status, and the project management process in order to provide recommendations for the project going forward. In addition, college activities, such as payroll due-dates, student registration activities, financial aid and other key college business activities are being reviewed before a specific date is chosen.

During a recent project planning meeting, Project Manager Jeff Thompson thanked everyone involved in the lengthy and tedious planning process that took place over the last several 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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