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STRENGTHENING THE IT WORKFORCE THROUGH CONNECTION

We provide the resources for educators and businesses to make a difference in how IT is taught.

Welcome to the National Convergence Technology Center

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) helps colleges meet the fast-growing demand from business and industry seeking IT specialists (mobile networks, edge computing, private/public cloud computing, "Internet of Things," mobile device integration, storage and network virtualization, video and voice integration, all over a secure network). Specifically, the National CTC actively:

  • Engages a Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) to identify needed skills that inform curriculum updates nationally.
  • Invigorates faculty to teach emerging technologies through professional development.
  • Provides virtual lab capability for students to reduce costs and increase availability.
  • We implement best practices for recruiting, retaining and graduating underserved students.
  • Uses stackable certificates and articulation agreements to increase the number of students completing certificates and degrees.
  • Supports high schools, colleges, and universities nationally through the "Convergence College Network" (CCN) Community of Practice (CoP) whereby members share expertise with one another to improve their IT programs.
  • Disseminate materials and processes via websites, webinars, conference presentations, social media, and white papers.
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Businesses Help make graduates “workforce ready”

The Business & Industry Leadership Team (BILT) consists of executives and technicians, from both large corporations and small companies, that meet quarterly to ensure curriculum aligns with workforce demands.

Educators JOIN THE CONVERGENCE COLLEGE NETWORK

The Convergence College Network (CCN) is a select cohort of community colleges and universities from across the country that connects IT educators with a wealth of resources to enhance their programs.

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Students Prepare for a career in IT

Driven by a growing emphasis on cloud computing, big data, and information security, the U.S. Department of Labor expects that computer and IT occupation employment will grow 13% from 2016 to 2026 and add over 540,000 new jobs.

OUR MISSION ABOUT THE CONVERGENCE TECHNOLOGY CENTER

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) was established to meet the growing need for Convergence Technology and Networking specialists. The National CTC leverages the strengths of teducational institutions and industry partners to create a pool of qualified convergence technicians to work with communication infrastructure and devices for enterprise and home markets.

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STUDENT FEATURE: OLIVIA Carlisle

Olivia Hughes did not have a background in computers when she started going to the University of North Texas to be a material science major. “The high school I went to didn’t really have that big of a computer program,” Olivia said. “The computer class I took was basically just an amped up version of how to use Microsoft Word, so I barely had touched most computer things when I first started.”

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April Newsletter – What’s Happen at the CTC

Summer Working Connections is coming July 12-16/ CTC delivered virtual presentations for 2021 League of Innovations conference/ Members of the CCN find immense value in three areas/ "BILT Digest" e-newsletter...

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Remembering Bruce Caraway…

In memory of the Convergence College Network's (CCN) member, Bruce Caraway, who served as an assistant professor in the Computer Information Technology Department at Lone Star College (LSC), the National...

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FRIDAY’S VIDEO: Why Convergence College Network

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