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Celebrating 20 Years of Cutting-edge, Cost-effective Professional Development – Working Connections


On July 11-15, the National Science Foundations’ National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will be celebrating its 20th anniversary at Collin College in Frisco, TX!

From the first set of classes in 2002, Working Connection has been making the newest technologies and industry trends available to attendees, as well as encouraging the kind of networking and collaboration among educational and business leaders that can strengthen any IT educational program. This program has welcomed over 1000 faculty members across the country to learn about more than 100 unique IT topics. In the past six years, an average of 75% of the faculty chose a discipline that they were not currently teaching, leading to 150+ new degrees, certificates, or courses created and implemented using the training provided. As a result, over 161,000 students and faculty have been impacted by the training.

Two women smiling and holding their hands out toward a technical object.

At the 2019 Summer Working Connections, IT professors, Renee Blackshear of Texas State Technical College and Sheri Due of Gateway Technical College, pose for a picture in Preparing to Teach the Internet of Things class.

Working Connections training workshops have offered several tracks that covered a range of the most in-demand topics in IT. This year will be no different, the following in-person and online track topics include:


  • Cloud Capstone
  • Cyber Buffet
  • Leadership Academy
  • Preparing to Teach the Internet of Things
  • Splunk Foundation and Data Analytics
  • Teaching Computer Information Systems with the Raspberry Pi and Arduino


  • IT Fundamentals
  • Learning Python with Cybersecurity Examples
  • Service Support Management [ITIL Foundations Framework]

The goal has always been to provide attendees with the expertise needed to teach their respective track in a subsequent semester, bringing the most current information to their classrooms either as a stand-alone course or as supplemental information to an existing course.

If you would like to join the invite list for this upcoming Working Connections celebration email us at

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