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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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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…

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Every year, the National Convergence Technology Center sponsors some of the top students from the Convergence College Network (CCN) community to participate in a Poster Session at the Advance Technological Education’s (ATE) High Impact Exchange Conference (HI-TEC). Each student has to create a poster about a project that they’re working on or researching and present it…

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This year was my first time attending a High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) with the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC). It was my first-time… Serving as a videographer and photographer in an unfamiliar environment. Prior to leaving on the trip, I checked, and double checked my bags, making sure nothing was left behind and…

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At the 2019 High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HITEC) in St Louis, the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) Business and Industry Leadership Team model was honored with the “Innovative Program Award.”  The award seeks to honor programs that boost student success in technology programs. Dr. Ann Beheler, the CTC’s Principal Investigator and Collin College’s Executive Director…

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For the 14th consecutive year the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of North Texas (a partner college with the National Convergence Technology Center NSF grant) is offering STEM Summer Camps for middle school and high school students in North Texas. Camp programs will be offered at Discovery Park in Denton, as well…

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One of the grant goals of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is to “leverage best practices established by national leaders in recruitment, retention, and completion for under-represented” students.  To that end, the National CTC recently hosted a two-part webinar entitled “Inclusion Summit” that offered specific strategies, resources, and practices for working with under-represented populations. …

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If you are a high school or community college STEM teacher, you may be aware of the “AP Computer Science Principles” exam (or dual cred) opportunity that became available in the last couple of years.  The “Beauty and Joy of Computing” (BJC) is a College Board-endorsed curriculum and professional development provider for the “AP Computer…

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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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Some big congratulations to the National CTC’s Director Ann Beheler on Collin College’s decision to award her the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award, which celebrates “outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff.”  In addition to receiving a special certificate from Collin College President Dr. Neil Matkin at the spring All-College Day,…

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