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Go-Live February 28, 2022!
On February 28, 2022, LWTech will move to a new online system for Student Services, Human Resources, Business Services. This new software system is called LionsLink powered by ctcLink. Once implemented, all faculty, staff, and students will use LionsLink. This cloud-based software will provide a set of common, mobile-friendly tools for students and staff to manage college business online, such as enrolling for classes, managing courses, processing payroll and more.
As an initiative of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), the new software is called ctcLink—branded at LWTech as LionsLink powered by ctcLink. This software is developed by Oracle and the product is known as PeopleSoft. With the current 35-plus-year-old administrative system being replaced, LWTech is examining our core business processes and practices to align with the delivered software solution, making for streamlined, standardized practices across the 34-college system.
Please return to the LionsLink web pages for updates on LWTech college impacts and important communications on how best you can prepare for the college’s transition to LionsLink.
Once implemented, LionsLink will create a single, centralized system of online functions, providing modern online services—anytime, anywhere—to all faculty, staff and students of Washington’s community and technical colleges. Commonly called an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, LionsLink will provide a set of interconnected software modules to help us streamline and standardize many of the things we do at our college today. The software modules will cover core administrative processes such as registration and course management, financial aid, financial services, and human resources.
The current administrative systems are old and outdated. They were developed in the early 1980s by the Washington community and technical college system, and use database and reporting tools that are no longer supported. These systems have no long-term support options, and are at risk of failing. While we have been able to keep them working this long, it becomes more and more expensive to do so over time, and is not a long-term solution to our needs.
LionsLink will be a massive upgrade for LWTech’s business operations. Faculty, staff, and students will have access to information from anywhere at any time. Students will use modern online tools for doing their college business, and they’ll have a more common experience across the CTC system, whether they transfer from one college to another or attend two or more CTCs at once. They will have one student ID and use common online tools for everything from admission to graduation. Among many other things, LWTech will benefit from a single source for accurate and timely data and the standardization of select administrative processes to support efficiency and effectiveness across the system.
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