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Fourteen Strategies for Recruiting, Retaining, and Completing Students

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a quarterly meeting with faculty and administrator members of the Convergence College Network (CCN) community. At that meeting, CCN members shared strategies and programs that have showed success recruiting, retaining, and completing IT students. Highlights from those presentations – as well as similar presentation series delivered in…

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Top 10 Twitter BILTwednesday Quotes

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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CTC Webinar Inspires Journal Article

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is pleased to announce that its December 2020 “Brown Bag” webinar on LinkedIn strategies has inspired a new journal article. This past May, the Community College Journal of Research and Practice published “Leveraging LinkedIn: How Can Educators Help College Students Market Themselves,” which was co-authored by the National CTC’s…

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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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Ten Things We Heard at the Innovations Conference

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the League of Innovations’ annual conference, held online for the first time.  (Conference trivia: last year’s Innovations conference was held in-person in Seattle in early March just as the pandemic was starting its spread.)  This year, safely and socially distanced via Zoom, CTC staff delivered two virtual…

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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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