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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…

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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 –…

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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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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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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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