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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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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 […]

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 […]

Tale of the Thumbtack: Updating a Program Bulletin Board

Developing strategies to successfully recruit students is a key goal of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC).  The CTC staff recently rolled up their sleeves to tackle this problem head-on when we decided to update a bulletin board in a classroom hallway here at Collin College.  The bulletin board is in a high-traffic area students […]

Cross-border Collaboration

Just last week, our very own PI, Dr. Ann Beheler presented at a technology conference unlike any other she has presented at in the past. What was so special about this conference, you may ask?  Well, this particular event happened to be in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The Cybera Cyber Summit 2014 was a two day […]

UNT’s BAIT program now ABET accredited

  After many months of planning and preparation, the University of North Texas’ Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology (BA-IT) degree program has received full accreditation by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), retroactive to 2012 through 2016. This accreditation affirms that the BA-IT program meets all ABET requirements while still utilizing workforce courses […]

Buffing up your ATE project

One of the sessions I attended at HI-TEC this year was aimed at introducing ATE centers and projects to the great number of resources available. The session was broken down into six roundtable discussions on individual topics. I got to pick which three interested me most.   Communications/Newsletters: This discussion was facilitated by Dr. Marilyn […]

Teaching Wireless Networking Session, Bill Saichek and Karl Dietrich

Is Teaching Wireless Networking in Your Future?

Bill Saichek and Karl Dietrich, both Co-PIs on our grant, recently presented a session at the 2013 HI-TEC conference “Is Teaching Wireless Networking in Your Future?” This session covered the basics of wireless networking, the latest WiFi technology; 802.11n, the future 802.11ac (Gigabit WiFi), teaching tips/tricks/hints for wireless, hands-on exercises and CWNA certification, and the Achilles […]