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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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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 […]

“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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Social Media: What platform do you use?

This discussion started with a poll question: what social media platform do you use most often at school? LinkedIn, 21% Facebook, 18% Twitter, 6% Other, 3% I don’t use social media at school, 26% Below are some highlights of the comments that followed, focusing on the “Big Three” – LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter – and […]

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Have you heard about the “GDPR” and what it means for IT?

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts quarterly web meetings of its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) to keep educators connected with current state of the IT workplace. To that end, faculty and administrators from the 64 schools in the National CTC’s “Convergence College Network” (CCN) are always invited to the web meetings.  One […]

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Seven Fascinating Things We Heard at WASTC

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the WASTC Winter ICT Educators conference and gave a breakout presentation on its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model. Regular blog readers know that the BILT model energizes the relationship between educators and business leaders by encouraging a partnership that allows a better alignment of curriculum […]

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Did You Miss These Posts From 2017?

As 2017 comes to a close, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) wanted to take a moment to look back at the many topics and events and resources covered in its blog.  In 2017, the National CTC posted over 40 blog entries.  Using Google Analytics, the 15 posts below were identified as the most popular […]

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IT Community, Are You Sharing?

One of the most popular features of regular web meetings the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts for its Convergence College Network (CCN) community is “member sharing.” Many CCN meetings feature group discussions or a detailed delivery of grant information and resources.  But at a recent CCN web meeting, the agenda was driven almost completely […]

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Are you getting IT trends updates…served on a platter?

The first half hour of every quarterly web meeting the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts with its national Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) delivers a discussion of IT trends.   This is a great way for BILT members to share with the participating educators an insider’s look at how the IT industry is evolving […]

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Take Advantage of Grant Opportunities

Twice a year, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) convenes a special web meeting for its Convergence College Network (CCN) community of practice that is designed specifically to address the unique needs of administrators. The CTC works mostly with faculty members, but some grant goals look beyond the classroom and involve perspectives of department chairs, […]