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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 […]

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Strategies and Activities to Increase Diversity and Improve Enrollment

Regular blog readers know that the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is currently steering a pilot program called the “Diversity Summit.”  The program kicked off in February with a workshop for select schools from the Convergence College Network (CCN) community of practice. Each participating school sent three attendees – an instructor, an advisor, and an […]

Renewal Grant Welcomes Two New Partners to the CTC

We recently announced that the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) has been funded for another five years. This $3.9 million renewal grant, which officially began in July, will welcome two new partners and focus on developing regional “hubs” around grant partner schools. The goal is to give those hubs the tools, relationships, and infrastructure to […]

Integrating Data Visualization Tools in the Curriculum

Today’s post comes from guest writer, Rajiv Malkan, professor at Lone Star College in Montgomery, TX, a partner school of the National Convergence Technology Center. Big Data Analytics and Data Visualization are becoming a norm in business today. Data visualization allows the organization to interact with data to identify business trends and insights. As Internet […]

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Top Skills the Top Companies Want

LinkedIn recently released a list of the top companies to work for in 2017. Almost all were linked to IT in some way, whether they were an IT company, an Internet company or a company with IT needs. Over the last decade, technology has transformed almost every major company in the world. While leadership, collaboration […]

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 […]