Tag Archives: CTC Community

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CTC’s Student Feature: Kristy Livingston, Century College

The National Convergence Technology Center’s Convergence College Network (CCN) community is happy to showcase students in information technology by capturing their testimonials. This month we’re featuring Kristy Livingston, a Century College alumna. Kristy attended Century in 2009 due to a job layoff: “When I started attending classes at Century College, I didn’t know what I […]

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Class In Session for Staff at the National Convergence Technology Center

Last summer, Dr. Ann Beheler, Principal Investigator of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC), encouraged some of the CTC staff to take the CompTIA Network + class.  The goal was to for these three staff members – none of whom has a professional background in IT – learn the basic technical competency in networking administration […]

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Making Sure High School Students Know About IT Careers

One of the goals of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is to help improve student recruitment efforts in IT programs at community colleges, particularly underserved populations.  Without question, high schools serve as the biggest source of incoming students, but there remains a nagging sense that many suitable high school students may not be aware […]

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CCN Focus: Greg Brodt, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical 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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Preparing for the National Visiting Committee

It’s all about the “so what?” question. This week, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will be hosting its annual grant review panel, called the National Visiting Committee (NVC).  Convening an NVC is a requirement of any National Science Foundation grant over $750,000.  The CTC’s NVC is an expert mix of community college educators, IT […]

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Measuring the CTC’s Community of Practice Engagement

Each spring, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) asks for impact data from the 69 colleges in its “Convergence College Network” (CCN) community of practice. This information forms an important part of the grant reporting that the CTC provides both to the National Science Foundation and to the annual National Visiting Committee review panel.  Out of […]

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Congratulations Dr. Ann Beheler

Some big congratulations to the National CTC’s Director Ann Beheler on Collin College’s decision to award her the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award, which celebrates “outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff.”  In addition to receiving a special certificate from Collin College President Dr. Neil Matkin at the spring All-College Day, […]

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Six Things We Heard at Innovations

Your National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the League of Innovations’ annual conference in New York City.  CTC staff delivered three breakout presentations covering: * key strategies of its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model that helps align curriculum to workforce needs. * an ambitious new NSF grant that updates IT skill standards […]

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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 […]