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Fourteen Strategies for Recruiting, Retaining, and Completing Students

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a quarterly meeting with faculty and administrator members of the Convergence College Network (CCN) community. At that meeting, CCN members shared strategies and programs that have showed success recruiting, retaining, and completing IT students. Highlights from those presentations – as well as similar presentation series delivered in…

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Top 10 Twitter BILTwednesday Quotes

The National Convergence Technology Center’s Business & Industry Leadership Team (BILT) meets quarterly to provide insight into employer workforce needs. The BILT consists of executives and technicians, from both large corporations and small companies, who understand the current state of the IT industry nationally and what skills will make graduates employable 12-36 months in the…

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Eleven Things We Heard at NCPN

Staff from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the National Career Pathways Network’s annual conference – virtual for the second year in a row – to host a panel discussion on the successful implementation of the BILT (Business and Industry Leadership Team) model. National CTC Principal Investigator Ann Beheler moderated the discussion (entitled…

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Eleven Presentations Scheduled for the January WASTC Conference

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is a proud co-producer of the annual WASTC Winter ICT Educators conference. This year’s event, which will again run all online, is scheduled for January 6-7, 2022. Registration is open now. The cost to attend is only $50. The WASTC Winter ICT Educators conference always offers a cutting-edge “big…

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Helping Students Leverage Their Portfolios

The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) has long recommended students develop and curate a portfolio of their classwork to use during job interviews. The BILT believes showing technical skills with tangible documentation can be effective when applying for a job, setting them apart from candidates who may come to…

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What does the CMMC mean for your program?

The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) recently hosted a special webinar for faculty members of the Convergence College Network (CCN) community. Kyle Jones from Sinclair Community College and Rajiv Malkan from Lone Star College jointly delivered the presentation entitled “CMMC and Secure Software Development.” You can watch a recording of their talk here. The presentation…

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Student Feature: Kevin Dippel, Collin College

As a part of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) featured blog and videos, we would like to introduce IT students attending our Convergence College Network (CCN) schools. 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…

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How the CTC Can Support Your Local High School

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will be part of a panel presentation this Friday, October 15 at 1:00pm Central entitled “Supporting High School to Community College Pathways with High Employer Engagement.” This live webinar will feature plenty of opportunities for attendee Q&A and group discussion. The event is hosted by the National Career Pathways…

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Are You Teaching Blockchain Concepts?

The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) “Brown Bag” webinar series that offers special topic presentations via bite-sized, 30-minute segments continues this fall. These half-hour presentations – first launched in fall 2020 – offer IT educators expert perspectives on unique technical and employability topics. Faithful blog readers know this series was inspired by a request from…

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