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Collin College has a Very Special Trailer

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a meeting for its annual National Visiting Committee (NVC), the panel of educators and industry experts that evaluate the progress of NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education centers like the CTC. Part of the NVC’s discussion focused on the need for high school guidance counselors to better understand the […]

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Are you thinking about submitting an ATE grant this fall?

A special workshop was held at the Innovations conference in Maryland that focused on strategies and best practices for creating a competitive NSF grant proposal. Workshop attendees first heard a detailed presentation from National Science Foundation program officer Celeste Carter on the many program opportunities for Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grants.  Next, a panel of […]

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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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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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Take Advantage of Grant Opportunities

Twice a year, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) convenes a special web meeting for its Convergence College Network (CCN) community of practice that is designed specifically to address the unique needs of administrators. The CTC works mostly with faculty members, but some grant goals look beyond the classroom and involve perspectives of department chairs, […]

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 […]

HI-TEC 2017 Preview

HI-TEC is about a month away and the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) and the Convergence College Network (CCN) are well-represented this year with five panels and workshops as well as a convening following the event. First up, Ann Beheler from the National CTC will be giving a Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) presentation […]

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NSF Shares Best Practices

The Department of Labor recently asked the National Science Foundation to provide technical assistance services to DOL “TAACCCT” grantees. (If you haven’t heard the term “TAACCCT,” the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program was established with the signature of President Barack Obama in early 2010. It set aside $2 billion, which […]