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Student Spotlight: Cleveland Community College’s Diancil Chavez

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As a part of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) featured blog, we like to introduce IT students attending member schools in our Convergence College Network (CCN). The 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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Free employer-led job skills lists for seven IT job clusters

In a Cisco lab at El Centro College, an instructor watches a student work on a server rack.

How do you keep your IT curriculum current with the evolving needs of the industry? The National Convergence Technology Center’s “sister” grant, the “IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond” project, has spent three years working with IT employers and subject matter experts (SMEs) across the country to update skill standards. At this point, over 230…

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CTC | September Newsletter 2022

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Article Topics: 107 Faculty Members Trained on Cutting-Edge IT Topics Summer Working Connections Celebrated Its 20th Anniversary First In-Person CCN Meeting Held Since 2019 The CTC Disseminated at the HITEC Conference

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Annual Update of IT Infrastructure Job Skills

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This past May, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) convened its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) for its annual prioritization of essential entry-level IT job skills students and graduates will need to know in the next 12-36 months. The BILT always looks ahead, answering “what’s next?” rather than “what’s happening now?” because higher education…

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Lessons from the Professional Development Trenches

A Working Connections attendee looks over the shoulder of another attendee as they work through a virtual lab exercise in a Collin College classroom.

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently delivered a presentation at the HITEC conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, sharing best practices learned the hard way through many years of successful faculty professional development events. The National CTC hosts faculty professional development across a number of formats and platforms, from half-hour Zoom webinars to multi-day…

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Eight IT Employer Perspectives

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently convened its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) for its summer quarterly meeting. As always, a good portion of this BILT meeting was devoted to discussing trends in the IT workplace. If you’re not already encouraging these kinds of talks with your employers, you should consider adding them…

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Fourteen Expert Perspectives on Data Science

In a Grand America ballroom in Salt Lake City, data scientist Aaron Burciaga leads a workshop on data science and AI.

Last month, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosted a Special Interest Group (SIG) workshop at the HITEC conference entitled “Essential Skills for the Next Generation of Work: From Data Literacy to Data Analytics to Artificial Intelligence.” In this lively and interactive session – the final half hour was framed as a Jeopardy-style game show…

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Come See Us at the WASTC Conference

For the sixth year, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will be helping support travel for a delegation of IT faculty from its Convergence College Network (CCN) community to present best practices at a IT education conference in California’s San Francisco Bay Area.   Until 2015, this two-day January event was hosted by the Mid-Pacific ICT…

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Are you getting IT trends updates…served on a platter?

The first half hour of every quarterly web meeting the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts with its national Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) delivers a discussion of IT trends.   This is a great way for BILT members to share with the participating educators an insider’s look at how the IT industry is evolving…

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