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Farewell (and Thank You) from the National Convergence Technology Center

The National CTC grant comes to an end this weekend. What began as a series of regional grants in the 2000s led to a national Advanced Technological Education grant award by the NSF in 2012 (and a renewal in 2017). Through all those years, the National CTC – headquartered at Collin College in North Texas – has supported IT faculty, administrators, and students nationwide with industry feedback, faculty training, and educator resources. For a closer look at the CTC’s many successes and accomplishments, download our “CTC Impacts” book PDF.

Group photo of five CTC staff members at the 20th anniversary lunch for Summer Working Connections at Collin College in 2022.

The time has come to pass the baton to the next national center – the National Information Technology Innovation Center (NITIC) based at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio.  NITIC will carry on many of the CTC’s initiatives and offer a number of new programs and projects, all of it supporting a wider range of IT topics and disciplines.  Collin College, Lone Star College, and Sinclair Community College – partners on the National CTC grant – will be involved with NITIC as sub-awardees.

We’re happy to announce to that CTC evergreen content – including classroom curriculum, best practice documents, BILT resources, program summaries, and conference presentations – has been uploaded to a public Google Drive for dissemination past September 30. Look for the README file for more details on what’s available on the Google Drive.

We thank you for your ongoing engagement, support, and participation in our work. With the help of countless educators and business leaders, the National CTC has made a difference in the lives of IT students across the country.

Photo above, left to right: Amy Garrison, Debbie Miller, Mark Dempsey, Ann Beehler, Christina Titus – 20th anniversary celebration lunch for Summer Working Connections, July 2022.

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