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Lessons Learned from NCWIT

Shortly after attending an impressive presentation by NCWIT (National Center for Women in IT and Technology) at a conference in Pittsburgh, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) joined the organization and became part of NCWIT’s “Academic Alliance.” If your school isn’t already a member, consider joining today. The “Academic Alliance” is 100% free. In return, […]

Business Feedback on the Future of IT

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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National CTC Funded for Another Five Years

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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New Approach to Transferring Workforce Courses

The University of North Texas (UNT), a grant partner of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC), continues to develop its innovative Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology (BAIT) program. The manager of the BAIT program – principal lecturer David Keathly – recently delivered a webinar to interested faculty and administrators from the CTC’s community of […]

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The Essentials for a Thriving Community of Practice

We recently delivered a conference breakout presentation on the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) successful community of practice (CoP) called the Convergence College Network (CCN).  In addition to discussing case study specifics about this group of 60 schools across 23 states and the IT faculty members that drive it, we also looked at an interesting […]

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Tips and Lessons From Innovations

It was a very busy first day of the Innovations conference for the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC).   In addition to giving a morning presentation on communities of practice to disseminate the unique successes and challenges of the CTC’s Convergence College Network (CCN) community of practice and staffing an exhibit hall booth for National Science […]

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Messaging Strategies for Increasing Student Diversity

Laura Nicholas – a communications consultant for IBM – provided remarks at the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) recent two-day “Diversity Summit” workshop. Specifically, Laura talked to the attendees (ten teams comprised of a faculty member, an administrator, and a counselor) about messaging as it relates to improving their programs’ student diversity. Here are select […]

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Seven Recruiting and Retaining Tips from the Diversity Summit

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a special two-day “Diversity Summit” workshop for ten select schools from its Convergence College Network (CCN). Each school sent three attendees – an instructor, an advisor, and an administrator. The “Diversity Summit” provided a forum to hear best practices on recruiting and retaining under-served populations from a […]

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The Power of Community

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) manages a group of IT educators from 60 schools in 23 states collectively called the Convergence College Network (CCN). These like-minded faculty members collectively share resources, discuss best practices, and solve problems. It’s a collection of practitioners working together, different from project teams with rigid deadlines and assigned tasks, […]

A New Approach to Helping Foster Diversity

Most community college educators know what it takes to recruit and retain under-served populations (hands-on activities, early outreach, success stories, role models, community events, data tracking, intrusive advising, and the list goes on). The trick is that those strategies must be employed again and again in order to deliver sustained results. But with community college […]