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Five Essentials of Job Skills Validation

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted its National Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) for the annual job skills validation meeting. Regular blog readers know that this is one of the most important events of the year for the CTC and the 64 member colleges of the Convergence College Network (CCN). It’s at […]

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CCN Impacts

Part of the annual reporting season for the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) involves gathering success stories, best practices, and impacts from the colleges and universities of its Convergence College Network (CCN) community. * Wharton County Junior College purchased cardboard virtual reality glasses with information printed on them about the school’s Computer Science program. The […]

“As I progressed through my education, I wanted to be one of few women engineers who added their fingerprints in the IT career.”

Student Feature: Wafa Elmannai

At a very early age, Wafa Elmannai recalls being intrigued by science and technical problems. As a result of that, she pursued a career in IT education and continues to expand her knowledge and experience. Last year, she taught IT at a local high school and prior to that she served as a Computer Science […]

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Top Ten Strategic Technology Trends

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) meets each quarter with its national Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) to discuss the needs of the IT workplace. Everyone knows that IT evolves quickly, but in the last year or so things seem to have accelerated. More and more, the National CTC is hearing about advanced terms […]

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Collin College has a Very Special Trailer

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a meeting for its annual National Visiting Committee (NVC), the panel of educators and industry experts that evaluate the progress of NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education centers like the CTC. Part of the NVC’s discussion focused on the need for high school guidance counselors to better understand the […]

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Things to Consider When Developing a Community of Practice

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently delivered a conference breakout presentation on its successful Convergence College Network (CCN) community of practice (COP). The CCN consists of IT educators and administrators from 64 schools in 24 states that meet regularly to discuss best practices and resources.  Participants in COP share a common passion or interest, exchanging […]

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Postcard From the Innovations Conference

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) gave a number of presentations at the League of Innovations Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. These national conferences are always a good way to promote the CTC to a wide audience, whether it’s disseminating best practices or sharing resources. But, conferences are a two-way street in that they also […]

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Are you thinking about submitting an ATE grant this fall?

A special workshop was held at the Innovations conference in Maryland that focused on strategies and best practices for creating a competitive NSF grant proposal. Workshop attendees first heard a detailed presentation from National Science Foundation program officer Celeste Carter on the many program opportunities for Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grants.  Next, a panel of […]

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Social Media: What platform do you use?

This discussion started with a poll question: what social media platform do you use most often at school? LinkedIn, 21% Facebook, 18% Twitter, 6% Other, 3% I don’t use social media at school, 26% Below are some highlights of the comments that followed, focusing on the “Big Three” – LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter – and […]

I honestly don’t see myself leaving this department or this institution, until retirement. It’s a family, I love it here.

Student Feature: Aaron Bueg

Having been raised on computers, it seems only natural that Aaron Bueg would make a career out of learning more about them. “I was building computers with Dad, back when the first machine was a 486,” Aaron recalls. “I remember putting it together and playing a video game that ran on a floppy disk.” It […]