Tag Archives: Information Technology

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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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Inclusion Summit

One of the grant goals of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is to “leverage best practices established by national leaders in recruitment, retention, and completion for under-represented” students.  To that end, the National CTC recently hosted a two-part webinar entitled “Inclusion Summit” that offered specific strategies, resources, and practices for working with under-represented populations.  […]

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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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Emerging Business Trend: Converged and Hyper-converged Infrastructure

How much do you know about “converged infrastructure” (CI) and “hyper-converged infrastructure” (HCI)?  Educators may want to check with their local business group to find out what how much students need to know about these two kinds of architecture.  The CTC recently came across a couple of columns from IT Business Edge that discusses the […]

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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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Three Webinars for IT Educators

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) often hosts “special topic,” one-hour webinars for members of its Convergence College Network (CCN) Community of Practice. Typically, the CTC presents a spring webinar and a fall webinar. These presentations feature experts from the CCN community discussing best practices and strategies on specific areas of interest. Now, thanks to […]

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Student Feature: Larry Schimke

After retiring from the police department, Larry Schimke felt he was too young to stay retired so he transitioned into the IT world for another career. “I heard about the program at MATC (Milwaukee Area Technical College) because of my wife who actually works there,” Larry explained. “After I took that bit of information that […]

“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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Collin College has a Very Special Trailer

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a meeting for its annual National Visiting Committee (NVC), the panel of educators and industry experts that evaluate the progress of NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education centers like the CTC. Part of the NVC’s discussion focused on the need for high school guidance counselors to better understand the […]

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How Do You Connect Your Community Between Meetings?

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts quarterly meetings for its national Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT), a group of business leaders that provide guidance on IT curriculum. While the meetings feature lively discussions and multiple perspectives that greatly benefit faculty attendees and help keep IT programs on the cutting edge, the BILT community […]