You’ve most likely heard that the ctcLink Steering Committee recently recommended a delay to the 10/31/2016 Wave 1 go-live date. Why? The ctcLink/SBCTC finance team in particular has remained focused on assisting finance staff at the FirstLink (FLC) colleges (Tacoma and Spokane). The team provided several weeks of hands-on, on-site support at each FLC in May and June and they are now making themselves available remotely in July to assist Tacoma and Spokane staff with their first year-end close in ctcLink.
As a result, the finance team (and student financials) remains mostly unavailable for Wave 1 activities, which wasn’t anticipated when the Wave 1 implementation schedule was originally set. The project and FLC finance teams are doing important and necessary work, but due to this schedule compression, committee members agreed the October date presented a significant risk and recommended delaying the launch date for Wave 1 (by about three months or whatever is determined as the next, best-available window to switch over to ctcLink). As a reminder, Wave 1 is Clark, Columbia Basin, Green River, Lower Columbia, Peninsula, Pierce and the SBCTC Office.
Project management is in the process of collecting feedback and information from key groups to provide an informed recommendation to the steering committee regarding a new go-live date for Wave 1 (with a special emphasis on what will work best for financial aid activities). The recommendation will go to the steering committee next week for review. Once approved, the new date will be announced.
Who is on the ctcLink Steering Committee? Click and see: ctcLink-Steering-Committee-Membership_July-2016
Committee membership is built around the system-wide Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges (WACTC) organizational structure (WACTC, WACTC Commissions), along with other key representation, non-voting members and staff to the committee.