College Pays $2.6 Million to Settle Computer Dispute

OLYMPIA – Washington paid a bankrupt technology company $2.6 million to settle a dispute arising from the ongoing problems of installing a new computer system at community colleges in Spokane and Tacoma.

Originally estimated to cost $100 million, the system is several years behind schedule and at least $10 million over budget. It has been the source of ongoing problems for administrators, staff and students at the Spokane and Tacoma campuses, which served as a test sites for software and equipment the state plans to install in all its community colleges.

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