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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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Plug into a national network of IT faculty

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is looking for new member institutions to join the Convergence College Network (CCN), an IT educator community of practice. As of now, the CCN consists of 94 institutions across 34 states – 88 community colleges, ten universities, and one high school. We want to get that number to 100!…

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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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