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CCN Focus Feature: Shawn Lampe, Kirkwood Community College

For the past three years, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) has featured blogs that introduced some of our professors and instructors in the Convergence College Network (CCN) community. The CCN is a select cohort of community colleges and universities from across the country that connects IT educators with a wealth of resources to enhance…

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Ten Industry Perspectives from IT Employers

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently convened its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) for the annual vote and discussion of entry-level KSAs (knowledge, skills, and abilities). Regular blog readers know well that the CTC believes that this annual vote is essential to keeping curriculum aligned with evolving workforce needs. If you’re not familiar…

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The CTC is Going to Utah

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will have a huge presence at the upcoming HITEC conference (High Impact Technology Exchange Conference) in Salt Lake City, which will be held in person for the first since July 2019. If you’re unfamiliar with HITEC, it’s a fantastic event for STEM technical educators and industry vendors. There are…

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2021’s National Visiting Committee Report Completed — On to 2022

Two weeks ago, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosted its annual grant review panel, the National Visiting Committee (NVC), online and in person. Convening an NVC is a requirement of any National Science Foundation grant to ensure that grant goals are being fulfilled. The committee consists of subject matter experts in education, IT business,…

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Ongoing classroom Impact of Summer Working Connections

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently conducted its annual longitudinal survey of attendees from the past three years of Summer Working Connections events. Faithful blog readers know that 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 into their classrooms.…

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Ann Beheler Recognized by Collin College Board of Trustees

Dr. Ann Beheler was recently recognized by the Collin College Board of Trustees for many years of work leading multiple successful National Science Foundation and Department of Labor grants. Ann stood before the board as Collin College President, Dr. Neil Matkin, ran down a list of Ann’s many accomplishments. He joked that he had “six…

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IT Faculty Question of the Day

Last year, the National Convergence Technology Center interviewed four Convergence College Network faculty members about the challenges and decisions made in regards to employer recommendations delivered as part of the Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model. They also discussed their approach with helping students overcome their daily challenges and how as faculty members, they…

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Top 10 Twitter BILTwednesday Quotes

The National Convergence Technology Center’s Business & Industry Leadership Team (BILT) meets quarterly to provide insight into employer workforce needs. The BILT consists of executives and technicians, from both large corporations and small companies, who understand the current state of the IT industry nationally and what skills will make graduates employable 12-36 months in the…

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Building Virtual Simulations for Advanced Technological Education

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended a special webinar hosted by Clemson University’s Center for Workforce Development (CUCWD) on the topic of using virtual reality (VR) in technician education programs. While the CUCWD has a National Science Foundation grant to develop VR modules on its EducateWorkforce online learning management system (LMS) platform (mostly for…

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