Student Feature: Brett McCormick

Who would have known that the simple act of an older brother handing Brett McCormick a Sega game controller as a pre-schooler would start his IT career path? “I would just sit and play games with him and be infatuated. I would wonder ‘how does this work? This doesn’t seem like any other toy I’ve […]

HI-TEC 2017 Preview

HI-TEC is about a month away and the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) and the Convergence College Network (CCN) are well-represented this year with five panels and workshops as well as a convening following the event. First up, Ann Beheler from the National CTC will be giving a Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) presentation […]

Lessons Learned from NCWIT

Shortly after attending an impressive presentation by NCWIT (National Center for Women in IT and Technology) at a conference in Pittsburgh, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) joined the organization and became part of NCWIT’s “Academic Alliance.” If your school isn’t already a member, consider joining today. The “Academic Alliance” is 100% free. In return, […]

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CCN Successes

Each year, we get word of great news and exciting achievements happening at our Convergence College Network (CCN) schools. As we get ready for the summer and the fall semester, we want to share with you a few such stories we received in the past year. Seminole State College of Florida was named best online […]

Student Feature: Robert Cazares

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Robert Cazares was always into computers and electronic technology. He is currently attending El Centro, Dallas Community College’s downtown Dallas campus, pursuing an Associates in Networking. “I went to their website, I looked at their IT programs and I didn’t know at the time that they offered so many […]

Business Feedback on the Future of IT

Regular readers of this blog know that the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) believes strongly that annual job skills validation meetings with business experts are an essential element in making sure IT curriculum aligns with workforce needs. At these meetings, industry business councils – called “BILTs” (Business and Industry Leadership Teams) by the CTC – […]

Summer Working Connections Preview

Summer is almost here and that means it’s almost time for Working Connections. This year, our 17th summer, we have three: Working Connections North, June 5-9 in Lansing, Michigan; Working Connections South, June 19-23 in Jacksonville, Florida; and Working Connections Texas, July 10-14 in Frisco, Texas. The goal of Working Connections is to provide faculty […]

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All Diversity Summit Videos Now Available

Ready for a refresher on the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) “Diversity Summit”? About two months have passed since the two-day event that featured guest speakers from across the country. Videos from all the presentations are now available online – it’s a great way to take advantage of their expertise for those who weren’t in […]

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National CTC Funded for Another Five Years

The National Science Foundation has awarded the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) a $3.9 million renewal grant to spend the next five years addressing the ongoing shortage of skilled IT workers.  This new grant will run through June 2022 and focus on emerging technologies – led by cloud computing and software-defined networking, plus the rapid […]

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Student Feature: Olivia Hughes

Olivia Hughes did not have a background in computers when she started going to the University of North Texas to be a material science major. “The high school I went to didn’t really have that big of a computer program,” Olivia said. “The computer class I took was basically just an amped up version of […]