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WSIPC
Type Non-Profit
Founded (1967)
Headquarters Everett, Washington, USA
Key people Marty Daybell, CEO
Janell Gilmore, CFO
Website www.wsipc.org

The Washington School Information Processing Cooperative (WSIPC) is a public cooperative in Washington that provides information services to the state's school districts. The board members of the co-op are primarily composed of Superintendents from the State's nine educational service districts. Today WSIPC has grown to serve the vast majority of Washington's school districts with complete information management systems for fiscal, human resources as well as a full student information system for student data. The main software package deployed by WSIPC is the Skyward PaC product; also called 'Point and Click' (WSIPC began partnering with Skyward in 2001[1]). Due to extensive customization, the product was rebranded WESPaC - standing for 'WSIPC Enhanced Skyward Point-and-Click'. The WESPaC application can be used via either a web interface or a Citrix server desktop.

In the early 1990's WSIPC began connecting public schools in the State to a central data network called the 'Washington Education Network', or WEDNET. Many of the schools who originally opted to become part of WEDNET still have 'wednet.edu' as part of their URL[2].

In 2000 WSIPC joined the K-20 Education Network[3]. This gave WSIPC more bandwidth and connectivity with the schools in Washington State.

In 2003 WSIPC provided a case study for Citrix stating the revenue saved over 5 years[4]. In 2007 WSIPC began using several new systems to provide services to the cooperative. Among these were Adobe Connect (for remote desktop support), Numara Footprints (for customer trouble tickets), and Microsoft Sharepoint 2007.

Prior to 2001, WSIPC had developed their own software package in-house. Some data centers in the State still run this legacy software.

However, WSIPC does much more than simply provide and support the WESPaC product. Most school districts use a variety of WSIPC services including purchasing and bids, networking, and contracting. Though WSIPC membership is completely voluntary for schools, and despite growing competition from for-profit corporations like Pearson Education, WSIPC currently provides SIS services for over 95% of the schools in Washington State [5].

WASWUG

In 2009 WSIPC was given sole responsibility to arrange and organize the annual conference called the Washington WESPaC Users Group, or WASWUG. In the first year under WSIPC total attendance was over 800. The WASWUG conference stared in 2004.

References

  1. ^ Over 27 years of experience
  2. ^ http://www.k12.wa.us/maps/sdmainmap.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.wa-k20.net/serving_washington.php?page=2a1l&rn4=on&sn2=on
  4. ^ Citrix Systems ยป Washington School Information Processing Cooperative (WSIPC)
  5. ^ http://www.wsipc.org/customers/public_schools.html
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