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Perspectives from Two Data Scientists

How is your program preparing students for the coming boom in data science and analytics? The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a breakout session on data science at the WASTC Winter ICT Educators’ conference.  We welcomed Aaron Burciaga from HCL and Sivan Aldor from Weelio to share their perspectives on the data science […]

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The Eight Traits IT Employers Demand from New Hires

Are your business council experts giving you specifics on what skills they’re seeking in new hires? The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently convened a panel of four IT business experts and posed this question to them: what are the important skills or traits for an IT worker?  Their answers are listed below. Never stop […]

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As Attacks Increase, More Cybersecurity Workers Needed

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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Student Feature: Amberly Hoffman, Sinclair Community College

The National Convergence Technology Center’s Convergence College Network (CCN) community is happy to showcase students in information technology (IT) by capturing their testimonials. This month we’re featuring Amberly Hoffman, a student at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Below is her student featured interview:   Amberly, was also sponsored by CTC as a top student at this […]

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Eleven Things We Heard at the NCPN

Staff from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the National Career Pathways Network’s annual conference in Orlando to deliver a breakout presentation on the successful “BILT model” and the new 16-page Implementing the BILT Model of Business Engagement toolkit.  You can find our “Engaging with Employers and Getting Students Workforce Ready” presentation slide deck […]

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Winter Working Connections

For the fifth year in a row, the National Convergence Technology Center is offering Winter Working Connections exclusively online and registration is underway! Classes run Dec. 16-18. Loyal blog readers know that the Working Connections IT Faculty Development Institute offers cutting-edge, cost-effective professional development opportunities to current community college IT/convergence faculty (at non-profit schools only) that is […]

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Student Feature: Brett Piatek, University of North Texas

The National Convergence Technology Center’s Convergence College Network (CCN) community is happy to showcase students in information technology (IT) by capturing their testimonials. This month we’re featuring Brett Piatek, a student at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Brett, also, participated in CTC’s National Visiting Committee meeting as one of our success students given […]

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Ten Things to Consider When Voting on Job Skills

The “BILT model” (regular blog readers know that BILT stands for Business and Industry Leadership Team) championed by the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) puts employers in a co-leadership role at a technical program.  One of the cornerstones of that “BILT model” is an annual job skills validation vote in which employers prioritize and rank […]

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CCN Focus: Heather Sanders, Midland 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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What We Learned at HI-TEC

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) cast a long shadow at the recent High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) in St. Louis, Missouri.  CTC grant partners disseminated best practices and shared resources through a pre-conference workshop (“New IT/Security Virtual Lab and Internet of Things Showcase”) and four breakout sessions (“Maximizing Business Engagement to Support Your […]