Software for Washington colleges needs improvement

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Officials say the $100 million computer software system for Washington state’s community colleges will likely cost another $10 million before it’s ready for use.

The Spokesman Review reports that the system, known as ctcLink, is behind schedule and operating poorly. So far, it’s only been adopted by colleges in Spokane and Tacoma.

It’s likely the largest system of its kind in higher education in the United States. It’s designed to tie together financial data, student scheduling and employee functions at the state’s 34 community colleges.

When the system launched at Tacoma and Spokane last term, some students couldn’t register for classes. Others couldn’t see their financial aid.

Those systems have been fixed but the schools’ main accounting system still doesn’t work.

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