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Perspectives from Two Data Scientists

How is your program preparing students for the coming boom in data science and analytics? The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a breakout session on data science at the WASTC Winter ICT Educators’ conference.  We welcomed Aaron Burciaga from HCL and Sivan Aldor from Weelio to share their perspectives on the data science […]


Eleven takeaways from talking to an IT professional

When was the last time you spent one-on-one time with the Chief Technical Officer of a $500 million company? The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) manages a video series entitled “A Day in the Life” in which IT technicians and executives offer students their perspectives on the IT workplace. The hope is that hearing directly […]

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The Eight Traits IT Employers Demand from New Hires

Are your business council experts giving you specifics on what skills they’re seeking in new hires? The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently convened a panel of four IT business experts and posed this question to them: what are the important skills or traits for an IT worker?  Their answers are listed below. Never stop […]

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As Attacks Increase, More Cybersecurity Workers Needed

In October, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC)showcased a Wall Street Journal article about “IT Workers in High Demand.” In November, we discovereda more specific IT need…cybersecurity workers. As cyber-attackers become more creative and more vicious, firms and companies are having trouble hiring skilled workers. A recent article in CompTIA SmartBrief/CNBC reported that 4 million […]

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Student Feature: Amberly Hoffman, Sinclair Community College

The National Convergence Technology Center’s Convergence College Network (CCN) community is happy to showcase students in information technology (IT) by capturing their testimonials. This month we’re featuring Amberly Hoffman, a student at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Below is her student featured interview:   Amberly, was also sponsored by CTC as a top student at this […]


Eight Things We Heard at ATE PI

Live from Washington, DC… it’s the Principal Investigators conference! All NSF ATE (Advanced Technological Education) grantees each fall gather at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC to attend the Principal Investigators conference.  In addition to hosting a breakfast roundtable on the popular BILT model and BILT toolkit, your National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) also attended […]


CCN Focus: Dr. Laura Berry and Rick Williams of North Arkansas College

Join us this week for a trip to North Arkansas College in Harrison, Arkansas to meet Dr. Laura Berry, Dean of Art Sciences, Business and IT and Rick Williams, Director of IT Services and a part-time faculty member. As you know, National Convergence Technology Center regularly features members of our CTC’s “Convergence College Network” (CCN) community, a […]

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Eleven Things We Heard at the NCPN

Staff from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the National Career Pathways Network’s annual conference in Orlando to deliver a breakout presentation on the successful “BILT model” and the new 16-page Implementing the BILT Model of Business Engagement toolkit.  You can find our “Engaging with Employers and Getting Students Workforce Ready” presentation slide deck […]

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Winter Working Connections

For the fifth year in a row, the National Convergence Technology Center is offering Winter Working Connections exclusively online and registration is underway! Classes run Dec. 16-18. Loyal blog readers know that the Working Connections IT Faculty Development Institute offers cutting-edge, cost-effective professional development opportunities to current community college IT/convergence faculty (at non-profit schools only) that is […]


IT Workers in High Demand

You’ve surely heard it before, in labor market data, in workforce reports, and in future-looking keynotes so popular at conference.  Here at the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC), we hear it over and over from employer members of our Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT).  There are more IT jobs than there are skilled workers, […]