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Free employer-led job skills lists for seven IT job clusters

In a Cisco lab at El Centro College, an instructor watches a student work on a server rack.

How do you keep your IT curriculum current with the evolving needs of the industry? The National Convergence Technology Center’s “sister” grant, the “IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond” project, has spent three years working with IT employers and subject matter experts (SMEs) across the country to update skill standards. At this point, over 230…

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Annual Update of IT Infrastructure Job Skills

Computer screen showing updated KSA list spreadsheet PDF document.

This past May, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) convened its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) for its annual prioritization of essential entry-level IT job skills students and graduates will need to know in the next 12-36 months. The BILT always looks ahead, answering “what’s next?” rather than “what’s happening now?” because higher education…

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Eight IT Employer Perspectives

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently convened its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) for its summer quarterly meeting. As always, a good portion of this BILT meeting was devoted to discussing trends in the IT workplace. If you’re not already encouraging these kinds of talks with your employers, you should consider adding them…

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Fourteen Expert Perspectives on Data Science

In a Grand America ballroom in Salt Lake City, data scientist Aaron Burciaga leads a workshop on data science and AI.

Last month, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosted a Special Interest Group (SIG) workshop at the HITEC conference entitled “Essential Skills for the Next Generation of Work: From Data Literacy to Data Analytics to Artificial Intelligence.” In this lively and interactive session – the final half hour was framed as a Jeopardy-style game show…

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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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Ten IT Employer Perspectives

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently convened its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) for the first quarterly meeting of 2022. Regular blog readers know that these BILT meetings offer a forum to discuss future trends in the IT workplace. The hope is that these discussions — which supplement the annual “KSA vote” meeting…

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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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Eleven Things We Heard at NCPN

Staff from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the National Career Pathways Network’s annual conference – virtual for the second year in a row – to host a panel discussion on the successful implementation of the BILT (Business and Industry Leadership Team) model. National CTC Principal Investigator Ann Beheler moderated the discussion (entitled…

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