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About Navigate

Navigate is a student success management system. This comprehensive technology links advisors, staff, and students to create a coordinated network of support and a clear path to graduation.

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Welcome to Navigate! We've compiled a Getting Started Guide to help familiarize you with the most common features and benefits of Navigate, as well as some best practices for using the technology. We welcome any suggestions or feedback you'd like to provide.


Navigate offers a student-facing mobile app and desktop dashboard with tools to help simplify the onboarding process for new students, and allow students the option to plan their classes, explore their interest areas, schedule advising appointments, and communicate directly with faculty and staff. Students can access the Navigate portal by visiting,

Navigate will dramatically improve advisor and staff workflow with an advanced platform that will replace two current technologies.

  • ADP (Advisor Data Portal)
    Navigate’s staff and faculty platform will include much of the same student information that ADP currently offers, but will also provide much improved notes management and document sharing, and will add the option for appointment scheduling. Navigate will also allow us to “nudge” students throughout their onboarding steps and at critical points throughout their academic quarter.
  • AEW (Academic Early Warning)
    Navigate’s early alert system will offer faculty the ability to issue alerts as they identify at-risk students in the classroom. Because Navigate’s early alert system is seamlessly integrated with the technology, staff will be able to provide timely student support.


Although Canvas will remain as an advising tool indefinitely, the Office of Instruction will only continue to maintain advising lists there through fall 2019. Starting in winter 2020, lists will be maintained in SMS (and later ctcLink) and Navigate. Because we want students to use Navigate, it's important that our advisers also use it. Faculty who want to have their advising lists maintained in Canvas after fall 2019 should contact Shalaina Williams.

It’s important to familiarize yourself with Navigate, as this technology will eventually integrate into your workflow. From onboarding new students to advising at every level of the student journey, our goal is to strategically design Navigate to help facilitate the tremendous work you are already doing to serve your students. Your input is essential as we work to customize the Navigate platform to fit your needs. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

We will begin piloting Navigate with incoming students in spring 2019, along with a select group of employees who will participate in their first training session on March 18, 2019.

Navigate is expected to go live for all students, faculty and staff in fall 2019.


For faculty and staff questions, please contact Angel Ruvalcaba at (360) 442-2353 or email him at

For student inquiries, please direct them to Alejandra Sanchez at (360) 442-2355 or email her at

Yes. ctcLink is the Washington community and technical college system version of PeopleSoft, often referred to as a transactional system. Transactional systems cover many different aspects of college operations, from student registration to payroll.

Navigate is primarily a student onboarding and advising tool. Data will be uploaded from ctcLink into Navigate (and from SMS prior to going live with ctcLink).

Currently LCC is scheduled to go live with ctcLink in February 2020. That means that when Navigate is launched in May 2019 (pilot in May, full implementation in fall 2019), it will run from SMS (also known as Legacy) data. We will switch over to ctcLink data once we are live on that system.

Adoption of a student onboarding and advising technology system is a requirement of our Guided Pathways grant, and we received one-time funds in 2018 to help with the initial project cost.

Navigate will support two of the four Guided Pathways pillars, including "helping students choose and enter a pathway" and "keeping students on the path." Learn more about Guided Pathways at

While the details are still being worked out, the intention is to maintain advising lists in SMS (and later ctcLink) and use that data to populate both Navigate and Canvas.

Yes! The Navigate Training site is still live and available for your to practice in.

Have a question about Navigate not covered in the FAQs? Ask Us!

We'll post the answer here in the FAQs, or contact you directly. Thank you!



  Angel Ruvalcaba/Placement & Intake Manager

   (360) 442-2353

  Sue Orchard/VP Student Services

   (360) 442-2301 

  Wendy Hall/VP Effectiveness & College Relations

   (360) 442-2491

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