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Integrating Data Visualization Tools in the Curriculum

Today’s post comes from guest writer, Rajiv Malkan, professor at Lone Star College in Montgomery, TX, a partner school of the National Convergence Technology Center. Big Data Analytics and Data Visualization are becoming a norm in business today. Data visualization allows the organization to interact with data to identify business trends and insights. As Internet […]

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Top Skills the Top Companies Want

LinkedIn recently released a list of the top companies to work for in 2017. Almost all were linked to IT in some way, whether they were an IT company, an Internet company or a company with IT needs. Over the last decade, technology has transformed almost every major company in the world. While leadership, collaboration […]

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All Diversity Summit Videos Now Available

Ready for a refresher on the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) “Diversity Summit”? About two months have passed since the two-day event that featured guest speakers from across the country. Videos from all the presentations are now available online – it’s a great way to take advantage of their expertise for those who weren’t in […]

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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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The Essentials for a Thriving Community of Practice

We recently delivered a conference breakout presentation on the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) successful community of practice (CoP) called the Convergence College Network (CCN).  In addition to discussing case study specifics about this group of 60 schools across 23 states and the IT faculty members that drive it, we also looked at an interesting […]

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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 […]

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NVC Student Panel Recap

The National Science Foundation requires that all Advanced Technological Education (ATE) centers like the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) host annual program reviews led by what’s called an “NVC” – National Visiting Committee. These yearly NVC meetings look at the work of the center over the previous 12 months to make sure grant goals are […]

How Business Can Help Your Program

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) takes every opportunity to extol the value of building relationships with business and industry to make sure program graduates are “right-skilled” to be readily employable. This message is repeatedly drummed to our 50-school CCN (Convergence College Network) community of practice and it’s underscored at just about every educational conference […]

Informing Students About IT Career Paths

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) works hard to support convergence programs (IT and communications) around the country and prepare students for lucrative jobs in the IT space.  But no matter how well-trained faculty members are or how cutting-edge curriculum may be, students won’t get jobs unless they know what jobs are out there.  We […]