PBCS Resources/Frequently Asked Questions

We have complied some of the frequently asked questions related to PBCS.  If you find you have more questions please contact:

Saket Bihari, PBCS Budget Lead [email protected]
Christyanna Dawson, Project Manager [email protected]
What is PBCS?

PBCS stands for Planning Budgeting Cloud Service.  This is the planning and budgeting tool used to build budgets.  PBCS is not for transactions, but for budget development.  All of your transactions will continue to be in ctcLink.  

How often will the data be refreshed?

Currently the data will be refreshed at the beginning of the budget development cycle in January, for Finance and Workforce.  Only Finance data will be updated monthly.  Please look on the announcement page for the exact date of data.

How will updates or when the data was refreshed/uploaded be communicated?

You will notice on the Home Page when you log into PBCS for all PBCS related messages.

How many PBCS licenses can a school have?

Currently this is limited to 10 people per school.  After all of the schools are online we can reevaluate the need and the costs for adding additional licenses.

What happens if I find data that is incorrect in my workforce section? How is the updated?

You can update this information directly in PBCS; however the workforce data in PBCS will not be updated in ctcLink.

If you find that data is incorrect in Workforce, you will need to update this information in ctcLink, the HCM pillar.  

What do I do if I find a problem in PBCS?

Please log a service desk ticket in Solar Winds. SBCTC Service Desk

For more information on service desk tickets please see the How to Submit a ctcLink Support Ticket QRG.

What do I do if there is an Enhancement/Change needed to PBCS?

An Enhancement or change in PBCS that is global will need an Enhancement Request form.  For more information about the Enhancement  request process please see the Enhancement Request Process and Form QRG

What schools have deployed PBCS?

It is important to note that schools need to have data in ctcLink before implementation can begin.

Below is the list of current schools that have implemented the PBCS tool or are in the process of implementation.

Deployed February 12, 2021

  • Tacoma Community College
  • Spokane Community College
  • Spokane Falls Community College
  • State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Clark College
  • Lower Columbia College
  • Olympic College
  • Pierce College
  • Cascadia College

Deployed January 10, 2022

  • Highline College
  • Edmonds College
  • Centralia College
  • Wenatchee Valley College

Deployed January 17, 2023

  • Bellevue College
  • Everett College
  • Grays Harbor College
  • Big Bend Community College
  • Bellingham Technical College (Expenses only)
  • Green River College
  • Skagit Valley College
  • Big Bend College

Deployment January 8, 2024

  • Bellingham Technical College (PBCS WorkForce)
  • Walla Walla College
  • South Puget Sound Community College
When will my school start PBCS implementation?
Deployment Group Anticipated Start Date/Deployment Date
Current Deployment Group (Shoreline, Yakima, and Lake Washington Tech)
April 2024/ January 2025
Schools Awaiting Deployment (Columbia Basin, Renton Tech, Bates Tech, Clover Park, Seattle Colleges, and Whatcom)
Where can I find an Overview of PBCS


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