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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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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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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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Summer Working Connections 2018…a Week Later

Summer Working Connections 2018 was a success! It overflowed with IT knowledge, IT experts and IT faculty. Over ninety IT instructors from all over the US arrived ready to absorb as much information as possible within a week and return home to use what they have learned. Now that it is over, the feedback, comments […]

I got my first computer, which was a Commodore 64, and I haven’t looked back since.

Student Feature: Larry Schimke

After retiring from the police department, Larry Schimke felt he was too young to stay retired so he transitioned into the IT world for another career. “I heard about the program at MATC (Milwaukee Area Technical College) because of my wife who actually works there,” Larry explained. “After I took that bit of information that […]

“As I progressed through my education, I wanted to be one of few women engineers who added their fingerprints in the IT career.”

Student Feature: Wafa Elmannai

At a very early age, Wafa Elmannai recalls being intrigued by science and technical problems. As a result of that, she pursued a career in IT education and continues to expand her knowledge and experience. Last year, she taught IT at a local high school and prior to that she served as a Computer Science […]

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Postcard From the Innovations Conference

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) gave a number of presentations at the League of Innovations Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. These national conferences are always a good way to promote the CTC to a wide audience, whether it’s disseminating best practices or sharing resources. But, conferences are a two-way street in that they also […]

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Social Media: What platform do you use?

This discussion started with a poll question: what social media platform do you use most often at school? LinkedIn, 21% Facebook, 18% Twitter, 6% Other, 3% I don’t use social media at school, 26% Below are some highlights of the comments that followed, focusing on the “Big Three” – LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter – and […]

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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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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 […]