Archive | September, 2014

The SDN Revolution

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) meets quarterly with a Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) to help steer program curriculum.   The meetings often involve a passionate discussion of current trends.  The group isn’t always in agreement on what’s relevant to our community college students.  But time and again, the BILT has proven its collective […]

Will “V2V” be the next IT buzzterm?

Image Credit: Wikipedia   Self-driving cars may still seem like the stuff of science fiction (or maybe exotic Google R&D tests on the faraway streets of San Francisco), but a conference entitled the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems was recently held in Detroit.  It’s the 21st year of the conference. That means while we […]

The Importance of Soft Skills

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) often hears esteemed members of its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) express concern about a lack of “soft skills” among new hires.  Employees with fresh community college degrees and certificates almost always have considerable technical competency and know-how.  But they sometimes lack abilities that don’t easily fit into […]

Free webinars for tech educators

We have pulled together a list of upcoming free webinars for tech educators and administrators. Topics range from recruitment and retention to management and technical issues.   CTC – NAPE Micromessaging Webinar Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student September 25, 2014 / 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Central NOTE: This free webinar is open to […]

OCC receives major tech donation

Orange Coast College’s tireless instructor Bill Saichek is well known among our Convergence College Network (CCN) for his assembling massive amounts of equipment for his classroom labs, usually without seeming to spend a dime out of his own budget. He has even presented on this topic “How to Build a Lab On $5 a Day”  at […]