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Twelve Things We Heard at the Innovations Conference

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the first League of Innovations conference held in-person since March 2020 in Tempe, Arizona. CTC staff delivered two breakout sessions – one on implementing the BILT (Business and Industry Leadership Team) model to energize a program’s relationship with employers and one on sharing best practices for hosting…

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Tracking the lasting impacts of Summer Working Connections

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently conducted its annual longitudinal survey of attendees from the past three years of Summer Working Connections events. For those who may not know, each July, Working Connections offers cutting-edge, cost-effective professional development opportunities to current IT faculty. This helps teachers get the newest technologies and latest industry trends…

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Social media successes

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) uses a number of digital tools in pursuing its grant goal of disseminating and sharing resources and best practices. Because spring is always “reporting season,” the CTC staff has been looking back at 2022 activities and events. That work includes an in-depth exploration of online and social media traffic.…

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Learn more about the BILT in Texas

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If you’re familiar at all with the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC), then you know how important the BILT (Business and Industry Leadership Team) Model is. Recommendations and feedback from the National CTC’s BILT form the cornerstone of all of the grant’s work. Put simply, the BILT Model offers a structured approach to engage employers…

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Are you teaching your students RPA?

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) most recent “Brown Bag” webinar featured a look at robotic process automation (RPA). The presenter was Dr. Rajiv Malkan, a Professor in the Computer and Information Technology Department of Lone Star College, Montgomery in Houston with over 30 years of leadership contributions in higher education within multiple settings and…

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Portfolios can help students get hired

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From Spring 2019 to Fall 2021, the National CTC led a pilot program to determine whether applicants that go into a job interview with an e-portfolio of their work stand a better chance of getting hired than those without an e-portfolio. Eight colleges participated, teaching the same content across multiple classes. Faculty and students were…

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Nine Things We Heard at WASTC

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently delivered a presentation at the virtual WASTC Winter ICT Educators conference that discussed best practices for hosting professional development events – you can download our slide deck here. (The CTC’s sister grant “IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond” also did a presentation on engaging employers to align curriculum…

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Friday Workshops Return for Spring 2023

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This spring, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will host another round of its popular Friday Workshops series, which deliver cutting-edge professional development for IT faculty nationwide. The Friday Workshop series was developed as a companion to the long-running Working Connections professional development series. But whereas Working Connections runs across consecutive days, the Friday Workshops…

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Demonstrating Jupyter Notebook and JupyterLab

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) recently hosted a “Brown Bag” webinar on the topic of Jupyter Notebook and JupyterLab. The presenter was Adam Richardson, an assistant professor of cybersecurity at Lansing Community College, a founding member of the Capital Area IT Council Cyber Security Group, an advisor for the LCC AI Club, and a…

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“BILT Model” Featured in NCPN Newsletter

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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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