Tag Archives: IT faculty

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Are your students curating project portfolios?

The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) Business and Industry Leadership Team (“BILT”) has long insisted when job candidates sit down for an interview, those who have a portfolio of their work stand a better chance of getting hired.  For that reason, the BILT asks that every IT program require students to create and maintain portfolios […]

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Working Connections’ Photos and Impact

Since 2002, Working Connections professional development events – both the five-day summer sessions and the three-day winter session – have provided free training to over 700 faculty members (1850+ duplicated enrollments) in over 100 cutting-edge IT topics to keep curriculum aligned with current workforce skills.  The most recent longitudinal survey data gathered from faculty attendees […]

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Are you getting IT trends updates from your business council?

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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Hot Topics in IT from Faculty Surveys

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts annual professional development events for IT faculty from across the country. These events – called Working Connections – are designed to teach the latest IT topics to faculty so that they can deliver them to their students over the next 12 months, either by creating new courses or […]

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Winter Working Connections and Successful Online Training

For the third December in a row, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will be hosting its annual Winter Working Connections professional development training event completely on-line. When it was first offered in 2009, Winter Working Connections was an expansion of the CTC’s popular week-long, in-person, Summer Working Connections event that runs each July.  The […]

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Strategies and Activities to Increase Diversity and Improve Enrollment

Regular blog readers know that the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is currently steering a pilot program called the “Diversity Summit.”  The program kicked off in February with a workshop for select schools from the Convergence College Network (CCN) community of practice. Each participating school sent three attendees – an instructor, an advisor, and an […]

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Wearable Market Continues to Expand

One of the largest growing markets in the “internet of things” is wearables. A recent Venture Beat article notes a sizable increase in wearables sales. It’s still a relatively small market, but for the second quarter of 2017, 26.3 million wearables were sold worldwide.  The leader is the Chinese company Xiaomi, with Apple and Fitbit […]

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Teaching the Internet of Things

Two faculty members associated with the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently delivered a standing-room-only conference presentation on teaching the Internet of Things (“IoT”) to IT networking students. Brian Nelson (Lansing Community College) and Bill Saichek (Orange Coast College) spoke to attendees of the 2017 HI-TEC educator conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here are […]

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Perspectives and Successes from IT Administrators

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) spends a lot of time working with IT faculty, whether through professional development events like Working Connections or through quarterly meetings with the 60 schools in the Convergence College Network (CCN) that features best practice sharing. But twice a year, the CTC allows administrators the opportunity to get more […]