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In October, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC)showcased a Wall Street Journal article about “IT Workers in High Demand.” In November, we discovereda more specific IT need…cybersecurity workers. As cyber-attackers become more creative and more vicious, firms and companies are having trouble hiring skilled workers. A recent article in CompTIA SmartBrief/CNBC reported that 4 million…

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a quarterly web meeting for its national Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT).  As always, the first portion of the meeting gave BILT members a chance to discuss at length some of the IT trends they’re seeing in the workplace.  This allows participating educators attending the meeting…

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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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For the sixth year, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will be helping support travel for a delegation of IT faculty from its Convergence College Network (CCN) community to present best practices at a IT education conference in California’s San Francisco Bay Area.   Until 2015, this two-day January event was hosted by the Mid-Pacific ICT…

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) National Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) has long emphasized the need for IT students to learn security skills.  Indeed, the BILT urges that every class include instruction on security.  Specifically, since 2015, the BILT has asked instructors to find relevant moments in IT curriculum to ask students “Is…

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Each year, we get word of great news and exciting achievements happening at our Convergence College Network (CCN) schools. As we get ready for the summer and the fall semester, we want to share with you a few such stories we received in the past year. Seminole State College of Florida was named best online…

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Network security remains an important element of IT/convergence training, as this article from Infosecurity magazine’s website proves.   The United States is now the world leader (a whopping 44%) in hosting malware, according to a report by Solutionary.   Part of the reason seems to be the boom of domestic cloud providers like Google and Amazon which…

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Like so many others, new graduate Laurel Phillips came to Collin College to update her technical skills. She’d spent four years in software sales and longed to go back to computer engineering. The 2007-08 recession unexpectedly gave her that opportunity, so she applied an engineer’s methodical persistence to choose her next step. All roads lead…

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