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Counting Down to Summer Working Connections

The biggest event of the year for the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) starts in just 28 days. The Summer Working Connections training event – which runs July 16-20 – hosts IT educators from all over the country for an in-depth, five-day workshop on a specific topic. The conference also features lunch presentations that share […]

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Three Webinars for IT Educators

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) often hosts “special topic,” one-hour webinars for members of its Convergence College Network (CCN) Community of Practice. Typically, the CTC presents a spring webinar and a fall webinar. These presentations feature experts from the CCN community discussing best practices and strategies on specific areas of interest. Now, thanks to […]

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Ten Things We Heard at the NCWIT Summit

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is a member of the “Academic Alliance” arm of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). NCWIT hosts an annual summit meeting each year – this past May it was held in Grapevine, Texas, just 30 minutes away from CTC office – that is jam-packed with keynotes, […]

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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 […]

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How the CTC Will Spend the Summer

School may be winding down for the many community colleges and universities the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) works with during the year, but there is no extended summer break for the CTC. Here’s a rundown of what we’ll be working on these next few months… KSA update – When the National Business and Industry […]

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Five Essentials of Job Skills Validation

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted its National Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) for the annual job skills validation meeting. Regular blog readers know that this is one of the most important events of the year for the CTC and the 64 member colleges of the Convergence College Network (CCN). It’s at […]

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CCN Impacts

Part of the annual reporting season for the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) involves gathering success stories, best practices, and impacts from the colleges and universities of its Convergence College Network (CCN) community. * Wharton County Junior College purchased cardboard virtual reality glasses with information printed on them about the school’s Computer Science program. The […]

“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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Top Ten Strategic Technology Trends

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) meets each quarter with its national Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) to discuss the needs of the IT workplace. Everyone knows that IT evolves quickly, but in the last year or so things seem to have accelerated. More and more, the National CTC is hearing about advanced terms […]

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Collin College has a Very Special Trailer

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a meeting for its annual National Visiting Committee (NVC), the panel of educators and industry experts that evaluate the progress of NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education centers like the CTC. Part of the NVC’s discussion focused on the need for high school guidance counselors to better understand the […]