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Eleven Things We Heard at WASTC

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is a proud co-producer of the annual WASTC Winter ICT Educators conference. While the event is typically hosted over two days in sunny San Jose, California, this year’s version had to run online. As always, CTC staff was allowed to deliver a breakout session – you can find a…

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Seven Best Practices for Successful Recruiting and Retaining

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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Learn New Strategies and Tools from the CCN

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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Use Online Tools to Expedite Your Job Skills Vote

An essential component of the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) model involves the annual vote and discussion of entry-level IT job skills. Each summer, the CTC’s BILT works through a detailed list of knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs – which now also includes tasks) line by line, ranking each…

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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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Edge Computing by Dr. Gregory Newman

During the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) recent Convergence College Network (CCN) quarterly web meeting, Gregory Newman, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Collin College, discussed edge computing, which moves data processing closer to end devices. Edge computing has been defined as “fog computing” which is a misconception. Edge computing is actually established on small…

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