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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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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a special webinar featuring presentations from six partner colleges – Collin College, Georgia Southern University, Lansing Community College, Lone Star College, Sinclair Community College, and the University of North Texas – on recruiting, retaining, and completing students, especially underserved populations. This webinar was originally presented to the…

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently welcomed Dr. Ruby Daniels from Texas A&M University San Antonio to discuss her research into common LinkedIn blunders that students make. This presentation was part of the CTC’s new “Brown Bag” webinar series – half-hour midday presentations on special topics of interest to IT faculty. You can watch…

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It’s become a tradition for the last meeting of the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) Convergence College Network (CCN) to focus on resource sharing. The December meeting gives the floor to CCN faculty members to present “lightning round” talks on successful strategies, best practices, and resources. This kind of faculty sharing is the cornerstone of…

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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’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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At a recent meeting of the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) IT faculty community of practice, known as the Convergence College Network (CCN), participants discussed paid internships. This agenda item was motivated by the National Visiting Committee, an annual review board that evaluates the CTC’s grant efforts, who consider paid internships a best practice. 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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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a 30-minute webinar discussing the “hows” and “whys” of offering stackable certificates to IT students. “Stackables” are defined by the Department of Labor as “a sequence of credentials that can be accumulated over time to build up an individual’s qualifications and help them to move along a…

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