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“BILT Model” Featured in NCPN Newsletter

Employers sit at tables and chairs in a Collin College classroom to discuss IT entry-level job skills.

Last fall, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) attended the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) conference in Atlanta and delivered a presentation entitled “Employer Strategies for Managing Successful Employer Councils.” This session introduced attendees to the concept the Business and Industry Leadership Team – “BILT” for short. As you know, recommendations and insights provided by…

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Winter Working Connections Registration is Open Now

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is pleased to announce that registration is open now for Winter Working Connections, but seats are already filling up fast. Working Connections events offer cutting-edge, cost-effective professional development opportunities to current community college IT faculty that is typically only available through expensive commercial training. The goal is for attendees…

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By the Numbers: The CCN Community of Practice

Each spring, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) asks for impact data from the 76 colleges in its “Convergence College Network” (CCN) community of practice.  This information forms an important part of the grant reporting the CTC provides both to the National Science Foundation and to the annual National Visiting Committee review panel. Out of…

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IT Jobs

As the COVID-19 virus upends the economy and affects every aspect of our culture, how is it impacting the IT industry and workforce? Chris Preimesberger at eWeek notes that more than 27,900 new IT jobs were posted in the first quarter of 2020, which includes the beginnings of the coronavirus shutdown in March.  While the…

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A New Way to Look at Employability Skills for the 21st Century

Aside from technical know-how, what skills will be essential for the 21st century worker? The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a special 90-minute webinar on the topic of “Building C21C Indipreneurial Lifeskills for the 21st Century.”  This presentation offered an entirely new way of looking at workforce employability “soft” skills.  The foundation of…

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Coronavirus Sparks Opportunities for CyberCriminals

Considering the Coronavirus spreading throughout the world, an article posted on CompTIA’s blog entitled In the News… Obstacles, Opportunities Emerge from Outbreak Fears advises everyone to be watchful of cybercriminals lurking to deceive fearful individuals. According to the article, cybercriminals are sending out fictitious emails, texts and social media post to capture personal information. In addition…

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Successful Recruiting Strategies

How do you recruit students into your IT program? This was a question posed during a recent web meeting of the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) Convergence College Network (CCN).  Attending the meeting were 30 faculty members from 25 colleges across the country.  Below are some of the highlights of that group discussion on recruiting…

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What Students can Learn from IT Professionals

How valuable would it be to allow your IT students to hear first-person testimonials from successful IT professionals? Faithful blog readers know that the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) last year produced a video series entitled “A Day in the Life.”  Six IT technicians and executives were interviewed to share their perspectives on the IT…

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Technology has No Boundaries

Last year in 2019 (sounds weird, huh?), the National Convergence Technology Center noticed an article in Strategy Ad Tech, a weekly online newsletter, alerting those not in information technology that the digital technology gap will impact nearly every job in the next decade. Here are two questions you should be asking yourself.  Are you tech savvy enough…

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