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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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Helping Students Leverage Their Portfolios

The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) has long recommended students develop and curate a portfolio of their classwork to use during job interviews. The BILT believes showing technical skills with tangible documentation can be effective when applying for a job, setting them apart from candidates who may come to…

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Blue Collar AI

The Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model forms the cornerstone of all of the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) work. A big part of the BILT model involves encouraging your employers to share their expert perspectives on current and future workplace trends. At a recent national BILT meeting, Aaron Burciaga – Vice President of…

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Eleven Notes on the Future of Work

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) was recently invited to attend a special webinar hosted by Florida State College at Jacksonville, one of the CTC’s grant partners. The presentation – delivered by consultant and author Todd McLees and entitled “The Future of Work” – looked at the current state and future trends of the technician…

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IT Topics Worth Talking About

This week the National Convergence Technology Center would like to share with you some IT articles we have been reading these last few months. What articles have you read that will impact your students and encourage their development for a workforce ready environment? • Obtain a Google Certificate in six months and possibly pay less…

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Cybersecurity from a Business Perspective

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is headquartered at Collin College just north of Dallas. Because Collin College is a member of the North Texas chapter of the Information Systems Security Association, CTC staff is often invited to ISSA events. One recent monthly meeting featured a panel presentation on how to manage cybersecurity incidents from…

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