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Eleven Industry Perspectives from IT Employers

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently convened its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) for the last quarterly meeting of 2022. BILT meetings offer a forum for employers to share with educators their perspectives on industry trends – both what’s happening now and what they expect to happen soon. The goal is for these…

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Are you providing virtual labs to your IT students?

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) recently hosted a “Brown Bag” webinar on the topic of virtual labs. The presenter was Bill Saichek, an experienced IT curriculum developer, and instructor who’s worked closely with NDG for over ten years installing virtual lab infrastructure and authoring curriculum. Bill presented an overview of NDG’s NetLab virtual lab…

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Join us at our May 2023 BILT Summit

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If you’ve ever wondered about all the hype surrounding the BILT (Business and Industry Leadership Team) Model, this spring is your chance to learn more. The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is planning to host a special two-day, in-person “BILT Summit” May 8-9, 2023 for IT program faculty and administrators. The goal is to provide…

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Ten Things We Heard at the ATE Principal Investigators Conference

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Staff from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended NSF’s annual Principal Investigators conference for the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program which was held in-person in Washington DC for the first time since 2019. The CTC was a part of two sessions – a demonstration entitled “How to Create National Skill Standards and Implement…

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Winter Working Connections registration opens

Last week, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) launched registration for Winter Working Connections. Seats are already filling up fast. If you want in, act now! Regular blog readers know that Working Connections events (five days in July, three days in December) offer cutting-edge, cost-effective professional development opportunities to current community college IT faculty that’s…

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Teaching foundational quantum computing skills

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) recently hosted another “Brown Bag” webinar, this one focusing on quantum computing concepts and skills. First launched in 2020, this series offers special topic presentations via bite-sized, 30-minute segments on both technical and employability topics. To date, these nine webinars have been attended “live” by over 400 people with…

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Five Things We Heard at NCPN

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Staff from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the National Career Pathways Network’s annual conference which was held in-person (in Atlanta) for the first time since 2019. We delivered a presentation – entitled “Employer Strategies for Managing Successful Employer Councils” – on the essentials of successfully implementing the BILT (Business and Industry Leadership…

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Free 5G module content available

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) now has available new classroom resources to support teaching 5G concepts. These module tools were funded by the CTC’s National Science Foundation grant and developed by Gordon Snyder from Holyoke Community College, Bill Saichek from San Jose State University, and Chris Kadlec from Georgia Southern University. This material has…

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Can you improve your social media engagement?

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) recently hosted its first “Brown Bag” webinar of the fall. First launched in 2020, this series offers special topic presentations via bite-sized, 30-minute segments on both technical and employability topics. To date, these webinars have been attended “live” by over 350 people with another 900 views of the recordings…

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Free webinar: Learn More About Joining the Convergence College Network

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) community of practice – called 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. Currently, there are 93 schools (including 10 universities and one high school)…

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