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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) was recently invited to attend a presentation on competency-based education (CBE) hosted by Information Communication Technologies and Digital Media Sector Team for California Community Colleges. For those unfamiliar with CBE programs, they “measure student progress towards a credential in terms of learning attained rather than time completed.” Curriculum is…

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Staff from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the National Science Foundation’s ATE Principal Investigators conference. This annual event each October offers an invaluable forum for ATE grantees from across the country to get together in person in Washington, DC to share best practices and plan future collaborations. This year, of course, the…

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Traditionally, every fall the National Science Foundation ATE (Advance Technological Education) grantees gather at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. to attend the Principal Investigators (PIs) conference. However, this year, due to Covid-19, the 27th National ATE PIs Conference will be hosted October 19-23 as a virtual event. That’s right, all online! As a…

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Each May, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) convenes its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) to update a detailed list of knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). While most quarterly BILT meetings run 90 minutes, the May meeting runs closer to four hours. The BILT members work through the previous year’s KSA list line by…

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s “ATE” program – the Advanced Technological Education program. ATE grants support technical education (e.g. curriculum, career pathways, faculty professional development, student projects) primarily at two-year educational institutions in the “high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy.” Active collaboration with…

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently recorded a 30-minute presentation entitled “Successful Scaling: Strategies to Expand the Capacity and Impact of Your Program.” This presentation was intended to be delivered in person in Portland, Oregon at the HITEC conference, but the coronavirus pandemic pushed that event online. (You can access recordings of the HITEC…

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As a part of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) featured blogs, we would like to introduce to you 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…

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) manages a network of IT faculty and administrators from 70 community colleges and 6 four-year universities across 28 states. This group – called the Convergence College Network (CCN) – convenes regularly to share know-how. Specifically, the community trades resources, classroom tools and curriculum, and best practices. This active collaboration…

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As the COVID-19 virus upends the economy and affects every aspect of our culture, how is it impacting the IT industry and workforce? Chris Preimesberger at eWeek notes that more than 27,900 new IT jobs were posted in the first quarter of 2020, which includes the beginnings of the coronavirus shutdown in March.  While the…

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Do you know how Amazon structures its business operations and manages employees? The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended a session at the Innovations conference entitled “The Culture of Innovation at Amazon.”  Led by an executive from Amazon Web Services, the session took a deep dive into the corporate culture of one of the…

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