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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Go Live Date Announced

January 30, 2017 has been set as the new ctcLink Go Live date for Wave 1 colleges (including LCC).

The Financial Aid module, which is part of Campus Solutions in the ctcLink system, will not Go Live at that time. Instead, it will be activated at the start of the next fiscal year. This will allow for a fresh start at the beginning of an award cycle, and help avoid some of the problems the FirstLink colleges (Spokane and Tacoma) experienced when they went live.

The Continuing Education portion of ctcLink is still under discussion at this time. LCC currently uses a system called Campus CE to manage Continuing Education functions. It is looking fairly likely that Campus CE will continue to be used after Go Live, but a final decision has not yet been made. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.


The state ctcLink team is in the process of adding nine new people to their ranks. The extra staff will mean additional support for the Wave 1 colleges in preparation for Go Live in early 2017.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Benefits of ctcLink

By now you have probably heard that LCC is getting a new computer system, called ctcLink, likely in early 2017. You may have also heard about some implementation issues at Spokane and Tacoma, the state's first college districts to adopt the new system. You may be less aware, however, of the benefits the new system will bring. Here are a few.

Students, faculty and staff will have access to information from anywhere there is an Internet connection, at any time of day or night. There will be online tools for just about everything, and processes will be much more similar from college to college than they are now. This will be good for students who transfer between colleges, or attend more than one institution at a time. It will also lead to an overall increase in effectiveness and efficiency across the state.

Here are some additional benefits of the new system:

  • Common ID Numbers - Students will have a single, electronic record with one identification number, available to all 34 colleges in the Washington Community and Technical College System.
  • Admissions Application - Future students will have one admission application process regardless of where or when they decide to attend.
  • Student Monitoring Tools - Students will be able to monitor their "time to degree." Educational planners and faculty advisers will also be able to audit the process to assist students in achieving their educational goals.
  • Single Electronic Record - Faculty and staff will have a single electronic record with one identification number, even if they move between colleges or work at more than one institution at a time.
  • Purchasing and Payroll Process - Colleges will be able to consolidate purchasing and payroll processing.
  • Paperwork Reduction - Faculty and staff will be able to do most functions electronically, greatly reducing our reliance on paper forms.
  • Electronic approvals - managers and administrators will be able to electronically approve purchase requisitions, leave requests and much more without handling unnecessary paper.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ctcLink Employee Training Update

Although our Go Live date has been postponed, employee training opportunities are still rolling out as planned this summer.

There is good news -- the delay means there will be about three extra months to convert and validate data, and get up to speed on the new system. How much training you'll need depends on your role at LCC.

Training Opportunities for All LCC Employees
If you work at the college, you will need to learn how to do some basic things in PeopleSoft, like report your time and manage your personal information. If you are the curious type and like to poke around online, the ctcLink Reference Center is a great resource for you. On this site, you will find instructions (with screenshots from the new system) on everything from activating your account to requesting an absence to reporting your time using a timesheet.

If you are the really curious type and want to learn about more than just the basic employee functions within PeopleSoft, there is a self-paced PeopleSoft Fundamentals course available to everyone. To enroll in the course, just use the same login information you would use to enroll in a college assigned Canvas course. For most employees, that's the @lcc email address (jdoe@lcc.ctc.edu, for example) and corresponding 900 (identification) number.

If you prefer face-to-face training, we will begin offering classroom-based sessions during in-service week (the week before fall quarter starts) in September 2016. Watch your email inbox for more information about face-to-face training opportunities, which will include faculty-specific sessions.

Training Opportunities for Individuals with Specific PeopleSoft Job Functions
People who are responsible for specific tasks, referred to as subject matter experts or SME's, have access to some additional tools beyond the general employee resources noted above. Just this week, many of our SMEs were invited into very specific Canvas courses designed to help them learn about how their roles will work in the new system.

There are also a number of individuals who have been identified as potential "Train the Trainers." Many of those employees will be traveling to Olympia in August and September for training from the ctcLink project staff. A portion of the Olympia-based training will be dedicated to helping employees at the Wave 1 colleges maximize the learning process for people they will be responsible for training.

For more information about ctcLink, please also visit our ctcLink webpages at http://lowercolumbia.edu/ctcLink/index.php.