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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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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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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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Student Feature: Pompidou Nsangou

As a part of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) featured blog and videos, we would like to introduce IT students attending our Convergence College Network (CCN) schools. 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 their…

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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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Overview of Competency-based Education

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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