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Photos from the NVC Student Panel

The National Science Foundation requires that all Advanced Technological Education (ATE) centers like the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) host annual program reviews led by what’s called an “NVC” – National Visiting Committee. These yearly NVC meetings look at the work of the center over the previous 12 months to make sure grant goals are […]

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CCN Impact

With the annual National Visiting Committee meeting this week, the National Convergence Technology Center gathered the best impact reports from several of the Convergence College Network schools. CCN Success Stories Faculty at Calhoun Community College received Palo Alto training via the “Firewall Essentials” track at Summer Working Connections so that they could start the Palo […]

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New Approach to Transferring Workforce Courses

The University of North Texas (UNT), a grant partner of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC), continues to develop its innovative Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology (BAIT) program. The manager of the BAIT program – principal lecturer David Keathly – recently delivered a webinar to interested faculty and administrators from the CTC’s community of […]

Student Feature: Kyle Taylor

Meet Kyle Taylor, BAIT (Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology) graduate from University of North Texas (UNT). Kyle actually got his start in computers when he was a kid. “My parents weren’t in technology, so I was always just the computer kid in the house,” he said. In high school, Kyle got interested in Cisco […]

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The Essentials for a Thriving Community of Practice

We recently delivered a conference breakout presentation on the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) successful community of practice (CoP) called the Convergence College Network (CCN).  In addition to discussing case study specifics about this group of 60 schools across 23 states and the IT faculty members that drive it, we also looked at an interesting […]

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Tips and Lessons From Innovations

It was a very busy first day of the Innovations conference for the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC).   In addition to giving a morning presentation on communities of practice to disseminate the unique successes and challenges of the CTC’s Convergence College Network (CCN) community of practice and staffing an exhibit hall booth for National Science […]

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Messaging Strategies for Increasing Student Diversity

Laura Nicholas – a communications consultant for IBM – provided remarks at the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) recent two-day “Diversity Summit” workshop. Specifically, Laura talked to the attendees (ten teams comprised of a faculty member, an administrator, and a counselor) about messaging as it relates to improving their programs’ student diversity. Here are select […]

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Student Feature: Cody Hooper

After looking around at men much older than him making only $12 an hour at a strenuous telephone cabling job, Cody Hooper decided he wanted more and realized he needed to stay relevant. “Analog was dying and digital was the next thing,” Cody said. “I saw a lot of old Bell technicians just stop what […]

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Seven Recruiting and Retaining Tips from the Diversity Summit

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a special two-day “Diversity Summit” workshop for ten select schools from its Convergence College Network (CCN). Each school sent three attendees – an instructor, an advisor, and an administrator. The “Diversity Summit” provided a forum to hear best practices on recruiting and retaining under-served populations from a […]

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PHOTOS: Diversity Summit 2017

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted ten schools from across the country for an intensive two-day workshop environment called the “Diversity Summit.” The educator teams were first presented with the latest best practices by experts in recruiting/retaining under-served student populations, then worked with those experts to develop concrete, focused diversity action plans. The […]