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Have you heard about the “GDPR” and what it means for IT?

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts quarterly web meetings of its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) to keep educators connected with current state of the IT workplace. To that end, faculty and administrators from the 64 schools in the National CTC’s “Convergence College Network” (CCN) are always invited to the web meetings.  One […]

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How Do You Connect Your Community Between Meetings?

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts quarterly meetings for its national Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT), a group of business leaders that provide guidance on IT curriculum. While the meetings feature lively discussions and multiple perspectives that greatly benefit faculty attendees and help keep IT programs on the cutting edge, the BILT community […]

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Hot Topics in IT from Faculty Surveys

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts annual professional development events for IT faculty from across the country. These events – called Working Connections – are designed to teach the latest IT topics to faculty so that they can deliver them to their students over the next 12 months, either by creating new courses or […]

"I feel like Iʼve grown up in a very interesting period of time where technology has boomed in the last ten, fifteen years..."

Student Feature: Daquon Brice

Meet Daquon Brice. Heʼs pursuing an Associates Degree in IT with a concentration in User Support at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. It should come as no surprise that he would pursue technology. Even as a kid, Daquon was interested in computers. “I feel like Iʼve grown up in a very interesting period of […]

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All about the ATE Program

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is an ATE Center.  That is, the National CTC is an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center funded by the National Science Foundation.  The National CTC, hosted by Collin College in Frisco, Texas, is one of many such ATE centers and projects at community colleges around the country devoted to […]

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Seven Fascinating Things We Heard at WASTC

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the WASTC Winter ICT Educators conference and gave a breakout presentation on its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model. Regular blog readers know that the BILT model energizes the relationship between educators and business leaders by encouraging a partnership that allows a better alignment of curriculum […]

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Did You Miss These Posts From 2017?

As 2017 comes to a close, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) wanted to take a moment to look back at the many topics and events and resources covered in its blog.  In 2017, the National CTC posted over 40 blog entries.  Using Google Analytics, the 15 posts below were identified as the most popular […]

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IT Community, Are You Sharing?

One of the most popular features of regular web meetings the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts for its Convergence College Network (CCN) community is “member sharing.” Many CCN meetings feature group discussions or a detailed delivery of grant information and resources.  But at a recent CCN web meeting, the agenda was driven almost completely […]

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Student Feature: Chidera Obinali

As a young girl, Chidera Obinali got her first taste of technology through playing an online virtual pet environment game, known as NeoPets. “They have little pages where you code HTML and CSS within NeoPets,” Chidera explained. She made friends all over the world through the game. “I would join guilds that were all based […]

This display (courtesy Ms. Brownrigg’s third grade class) compliments nicely with the BILT “soft skills” list and might work just as well in a community college IT classroom.

Soft Skills for All Ages

In 2014, the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) “BILT” (Business and Industry Leadership Team – an engaged and dedicated group of IT industry experts that meets once a quarter to discuss IT trends, answer faculty questions, and validate entry-level job skills) recommended that IT programs weave “soft skills” training into IT every course. A year […]