Agency Structure and Organization
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is governed by a nine-member, Governor-appointed board. According to statute, the Governor must provide geographic balance and give consideration to representing labor, business, women, and ethnic minorities when making the appointments. At least one member must represent business and one must represent labor. State Board members serve four-year terms.
The State Board oversees policy development, secures and allocates state, federal and private grant funding, approves educational programs and sets strategic direction for the entire college system. It employs an executive director who is responsible for approximately 240 agency staff and supports the Board in achieving its strategic plan.
The agency provides support, coordination and oversight for the colleges through three divisions — Educational Services, Business Operations, Information Technology — and the Executive Director's office.
- Coordinates, supports, and provides leadership for our community and technical college districts in all matters related to instruction, student services, eLearning, and policy research.
- Builds and maintains agency partnerships with K-12, universities, business / industry, and labor groups and agencies on such collaborative efforts as transfer degree pathways, workforce development, corrections education, and dual enrollment.
- Advocates and successfully positions community and technical colleges to meet the workforce training and retraining needs of business and industry and helps colleges quickly respond to business needs.
- Provides research and analysis to support statewide policy development and other related initiatives.
- Administers and provides leadership (both state and national) for adult education and literacy programs, and adult high school completion programs.
- Champions educational resources for student and faculty learning needs such as open education resources.
- Prepares a single operating and capital budget request to the Governor and Legislature, representing the needs of the entire community and technical college system.
- Administers a statewide capital project prioritization analysis.
- Allocates funds received from the Legislature to the community and technical colleges.
- Provides general accounting services for the system.
- Is accountable to the Office of Financial Management, the Governor’s Office and the Legislature for the appropriate use of state funds and maintaining systemwide adherence to government accounting standards.
- Provides human resource support for the agency and system, including administration of several retirement savings programs.
- Manages the collection, preparation, and reporting of two-year college enrollment information to state and federal agencies and the college system.
- Provides general State Board office management functions, including budgeting, purchasing and mailroom services.
- Provides colleges with centralized services and day-to-day support for ctcLink — a PeopleSoft enterprise system for student services, human resources, and business operations — used by all colleges.
- Works with college users to prioritize and implement enhancements to ctcLink.
- Provides data integration services to external agencies.
- Provides centralized reporting services for college information to state and federal agencies.
- Coordinates all activities necessary for integration between the college campuses and the centralized IT functions.
- Encourages and communicates IT best practices throughout the community and technical college system.
- Manages enterprise IT contracting for the system.
- Assists in developing the policy agenda for State Board review and action.
- Coordinates with the nine-member State Board and college system stakeholders.
- Manages legislative and state agency relations.
- Provides leadership for the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion efforts for the agency and for the college system.
- Manages messaging, communications, media relations and the agency website.
- Coordinates the activities of the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT), the statewide trustees’ association.
- Coordinates the activities of the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges (WACTC), which is the statewide college presidents' association.
Last Modified: 7/7/23, 8:31 AM