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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 […]

This display (courtesy Ms. Brownrigg’s third grade class) compliments nicely with the BILT “soft skills” list and might work just as well in a community college IT classroom.

Soft Skills for All Ages

In 2014, the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) “BILT” (Business and Industry Leadership Team – an engaged and dedicated group of IT industry experts that meets once a quarter to discuss IT trends, answer faculty questions, and validate entry-level job skills) recommended that IT programs weave “soft skills” training into IT every course. A year […]

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Strategies and Activities to Increase Diversity and Improve Enrollment

Regular blog readers know that the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is currently steering a pilot program called the “Diversity Summit.”  The program kicked off in February with a workshop for select schools from the Convergence College Network (CCN) community of practice. Each participating school sent three attendees – an instructor, an advisor, and an […]

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Stackable certs = WIN-WIN

Many state legislatures, including Texas, are moving to a college funding scale that is, at least partially, based on the number of students who successfully complete a degree or certificate.  This provides an opportunity for stackable certificates to maximize resources for both community colleges and their students. Creating multiple certificates that can be obtained with […]

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October conference preview

By the end of 2013, National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) staff will have directly attended twelve conferences around the country (including eight which we have hosted or co-hosted). Three of those twelve are scheduled for late October. Below is our busy itinerary for the month. If you’ll be attending any of these events, we hope […]

CCN Administrators Meeting

Bringing administrators into the conversation

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently held its first-ever meeting for Convergence College Network (CCN) administrators.  The National CTC has long led an active and engaged group of faculty members, but recently realized it may be helpful to create a new opportunity for discussion at a higher administrative level. The conference call/webinar meeting was […]