About

As of Monday, February 22, 2021, Seattle Colleges — North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College — has moved to a new data system called ctcLink. ctcLink replaces our decades-old student data, employee, and business systems. It is a PeopleSoft enterprise resource planning system that will integrate data across Seattle Colleges and the state's community and technical college system.

Our current student data, course registration, employee, and business/finance systems will be down from February 15 through March 1, 2021, to accommodate the transition to our new ctcLink system. We expect to be fully operational again using ctcLink on Monday, March 1. A disruption to service and/or delay in response will occur during this period. We understand this may be an inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we work through this transition to our new system.

Background Information

Our move is part of the Washington Community and Technical College System's statewide project to upgrade the information systems at all 34 community and technical colleges. Peer institutions, including Centralia, Edmonds, Highline, and Wenatchee Valley Colleges, made the conversion in early February. ctcLink is already in use at the Pierce College District, Olympic College, and Tacoma Community College, among others.   

In ctcLink implementation, conversion and validation refers to the process of loading data from the existing legacy systems to PeopleSoft. The conversion process involves identifying the data that must be brought to the new system, mapping the data to PeopleSoft fields, translating old codes into PeopleSoft codes, and finally loading the clean, compatible data into PeopleSoft.

The move to ctcLink is led by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) project team. They work with each district to bring them into the system. ctcLink is also how SBCTC has purchased and configured Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, Finance, and Human Capital Management pillars to work together. 

Refer to the menu for additional information about ctclink including frequently asked questions (FAQ), how ctcLink will integrate with other existing information systems we use (like Canvas, Starfish, 25Live, Azorus, etc.), and other informational resources.

Diagram showing system connections between PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, Finance, and Human Capital Management.

 

Progress So Far

Three pilot colleges (Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College, and Tacoma Community College) went live with ctcLink (Oracle PeopleSoft) in August 2015. After a rocky start, ctcLink has gone through multiple rounds of improvement and upgrade. In 2019, SBCTC upgraded from PeopleSoft 9.0 to 9.2, and the pilot colleges went through a significant upgrade and retraining project.

Currently, ctcLink is in use at 17 of Washington's 34 public community and technical colleges:

  • Spokane Community College (FirstLink)
  • Spokane Falls Community College (FirstLink)
  • Tacoma Community College (FirstLink)
  • Clark College (Deployment 2)
  • Lower Columbia College (Deployment 3A)
  • Olympic College (Deployment 3A)
  • Cascadia College (Deployment 3B)
  • Peninsula College (Deployment 3B)
  • Pierce Colleges - Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup (Deployment 3B)
  • Centralia College (Deployment 4A)
  • Edmonds College (Deployment 4A)
  • Highline College (Deployment 4A)
  • Wenatchee Valley College (Deployment 4A)
  • North Seattle College (4B)
  • Seattle Central College (4B)
  • South Seattle College (4b)
     
  • Learn more at ctcLink Project news and updates.

Governance structure

ctcLink is a big, statewide system with many global configuration choices that have been made for all college users. There is a formal governance process to manage how the global configuration is set up and improved over time.

Seattle Colleges ctcLink Team

The ctcLink project is led by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Seattle Colleges has a ctcLink project team and a local steering committee to guide our implementation.