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2019 Summer Working Connections

On July 8-12, 2019, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will be hosting in Frisco, Texas the 18th annual Summer Working Connections! Working Connections has been going strong every year since 2002 when it was first held at Richland College in Dallas, TX. More than 2000 enrollments have been recorded at Working Connections professional development events, […]

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Eight Takeaways from Talking to an IT Professional

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is launching a new video series entitled “A Day in the Life” in which IT technicians and executives offer students their perspectives on the IT workplace. This series was requested by the CTC’s National Visiting Committee (NVC) – a group of business and education experts that convene once a […]

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LinkedIn’s Perspective on Soft Skills

  The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) each quarter convenes its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) to discuss workplace trends and essential job skills that students need to know so they can get hired.  “Soft skills” is always a big discussion point.  The employers on the CTC’s BILT time and time again express the […]

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CCN Community Shares Best Practices

Four times a year, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) convenes the Convergence College Network (CCN) – a community of 69 community colleges and universities from 27 states – to share best practices and resources.  These meetings usually run via Zoom web meeting.  But once a year, in conjunction with the annual Summer Working Connections […]

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Article Round-up: IT Workplace and the IT Classroom

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is always on the lookout for technology articles and columns related to the ongoing evolution of both the IT workplace and the IT classroom.  Below is a sampling of some of the things we’ve been reading these last few months.  They’re worth a look, blog readers. The Math Behind […]

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Four Things We Heard at WASTC

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is a proud co-producer of the WASTC Winter ICT Educators conference in San Jose, California.  CTC staff recently attended this conference and participated in three breakout presentations covering: key strategies of its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model(link to the BILT brochure?)that helps align curriculum to workforce needs […]

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CCN Focus: Brian Nelson, Lansing Community College

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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Did you miss these posts from 2018?

As 2018 comes to a close, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) wanted to take a moment to look back at the many topics covered in its blog.  In 2018, the National CTC posted 37 blog entries.  Using Google Analytics, the posts below were identified as among the most popular blog posts of the year.  […]

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How many of these 2019 trends did you know were coming?

Gartner, Inc. recently announced its list of the “Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019.”  The company defines a “strategic technology” as one with “substantial disruptive potential” and that will soon break out of “an emerging state into broader impact and use.”  You can read the press release here, but it’s worth noting how many […]

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The ATE Principal Investigators Conference

Grant partners and staff from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the National Science Foundation’s ATE (AdvanceTechnological Education) Principal Investigators (PI) conference in Washington, DC.  That’s the annual gathering of ATE center and project grantees from all over the country.  The conference offers a great opportunity for collaboration and networking, as 800 or […]