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How many of these 2019 trends did you know were coming?

Gartner, Inc. recently announced its list of the “Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019.”  The company defines a “strategic technology” as one with “substantial disruptive potential” and that will soon break out of “an emerging state into broader impact and use.”  You can read the press release here, but it’s worth noting how many […]

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The ATE Principal Investigators Conference

Grant partners and staff from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the National Science Foundation’s ATE (AdvanceTechnological Education) Principal Investigators (PI) conference in Washington, DC.  That’s the annual gathering of ATE center and project grantees from all over the country.  The conference offers a great opportunity for collaboration and networking, as 800 or […]

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CCN Focus: Dwight Watt, Georgia Northwestern Technical College

As a part of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) featured blogs, we would like to introduce to you some of our professors and instructors in the Convergence College Network (CCN) community. The CCN is a select cohort of community colleges and universities from across the country that connects IT educators with a wealth of […]

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Are your students curating project portfolios?

The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) Business and Industry Leadership Team (“BILT”) has long insisted when job candidates sit down for an interview, those who have a portfolio of their work stand a better chance of getting hired.  For that reason, the BILT asks that every IT program require students to create and maintain portfolios […]

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Strategies for Writing a Report that Gets Read

Staff members from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) attended a special “One-Page Report” webinar earlier this year led by Emma Perk and Lyssa Becho of EvaluATE.  The webinar discussed specific strategies for creating reports that quickly and clearly convey “meaningful data.”  It’s a smart alternative to multi-page reports packed full of data that may […]

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How one school addresses the lack of women in technology…

One of the grant goals of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) involves the sharing and disseminating of best practices for boosting the inclusion of women in IT programs.   A recent Wired magazine article profiled Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, where the number of women in its computer science program […]

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Student Feature: Jacquelyn Johnson – Lone Star College

Jacquelyn Johnson would be “pounding pavement in a parking lot” as a hospital security guard if it wasn’t for a high school teacher encouraging her to consider networking. The high school she attended offered Cisco courses as an elective, and Jacquelyn started taking these classes her sophomore year and continued throughout her senior year. It was […]

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Working Connections’ Photos and Impact

Since 2002, Working Connections professional development events – both the five-day summer sessions and the three-day winter session – have provided free training to over 700 faculty members (1850+ duplicated enrollments) in over 100 cutting-edge IT topics to keep curriculum aligned with current workforce skills.  The most recent longitudinal survey data gathered from faculty attendees […]

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CCN Focus: Ernie Friend, Florida State College at Jacksonville

As a part of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) featured blogs, we would like to introduce to you some of our professors and instructors in the Convergence College Network (CCN) community. The CCN is a select cohort of community colleges and universities from across the country that connects IT educators with a wealth of […]

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How do you use social media at your events?

For several years now, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) has publicized a special Twitter hashtag in conjunction with its annual Summer Working Connections professional development training event.  This past July, however, for the first time ever, the National CTC took this social media strategy one step further by creating a “photo booth” space in […]