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.
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.”