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Next two free Brown Bag webinars for IT faculty scheduled

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To close out the spring term, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) has two more “Brown Bag” webinars scheduled. First launched in 2020, the Brown Bag series offers special topic presentations via bite-sized, 30-minute segments on both technical and “soft” topics. To date, these webinars have been attended “live” by close to 500 people with…

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BILT Summit was a smash success

Employer members of the National CTC's BILT (Business and Industry Leadership Team) attend a job skills vote meeting. Behind them in the conferene room are faculty and administrator attendees at the BILT Summit workshop.

Earlier this month the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) convened a free two-day workshop on the essentials of the BILT (Business and Industry Leadership Team) Model. This “BILT Summit” welcomed 43 faculty and administrators from 18 schools across 9 states to the Frisco, Texas campus of Collin College. Interest in the event was overwhelming –…

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Join the CTC at HITEC in Atlanta

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As usual, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will have a huge presence at the upcoming High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HITEC). This year’s conference will be held in Atlanta July 24-27. HI-TEC – supported by the National Science Foundation – is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors,…

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Summer Working Connections registration opens Wednesday

Faculty attendees at Summer Working Connections in July 2019 talk with their track instructor in a Collin College PC lab classroom.

This week, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will launch registration for Summer Working Connections on Wednesday morning, April 19. For the first time, we’ll be hosting two weeks of Working Connections – an in-person week here at Collin College north of Dallas July 10-14 and then an all online week July 17-21. Regular blog…

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What do you know about ChatGPT?

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A recent meeting of the National CTC’s BILT (Business and Industry Leadership Team) featured a presentation from Miami Dade College faculty member George Gabb on ChatGPT, the advanced natural language processing AI model developed by OpenAI that uses deep learning techniques to generate human-like text.  To train this model took as much power as needed…

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Offering programs to incarcerated students

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) most recent “Brown Bag” webinar featured a look at how Sinclair Community College offers a wide range of classes in prisons throughout the state of Ohio. The presenters were Kyle Jones, Chair and Associate Professor of Sinclair’s Computer Information Services department who’s worked in the IT field for over…

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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

A faculty students sits at a computer work station configuring a Raspberry Pi at Summer Working Connections in July 2022.

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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