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Leverage Our BILT’s Expertise

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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Strengthen Your Program with Updated IT Skill Standards

How do you keep your IT curriculum current with the evolving needs of the industry? The “IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond” (ITSS) project, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, works with IT employers and subject matter experts (SMEs) across the country to update skill standards for the most in-demand job clusters. Last…

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Learn more about the National Science Foundation’s ATE program

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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Job Search Tips from a Tech Recruiter

What do you tell your students about career prep?  How do you get students ready for the workforce?  Staff from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended a presentation – sponsored by Collin College – by Miguel Duran, a tech recruiter for Hays.  Miguel offered specific strategies and guidelines for IT and cyber students…

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Article Round-up

What useful articles have you read recently about the state of the IT industry and programs that get students ready to enter that workforce?  The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is always on the lookout for stories related to the ongoing evolution of both the IT workplace and the IT classroom.  Below is a sampling…

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Technology has No Boundaries

Last year in 2019 (sounds weird, huh?), the National Convergence Technology Center noticed an article in Strategy Ad Tech, a weekly online newsletter, alerting those not in information technology that the digital technology gap will impact nearly every job in the next decade. Here are two questions you should be asking yourself.  Are you tech savvy enough…

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Six Takeaways From Talking to an IT professional

A pre-med student interested in being a surgeon suddenly changes her career focus and realize that IT can help just as many people as medicine, but how? The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) manages a video series entitled “A Day in the Life” in which IT technicians and executives offer students their perspectives on the IT…

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Perspectives from Two Data Scientists

How is your program preparing students for the coming boom in data science and analytics? The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a breakout session on data science at the WASTC Winter ICT Educators’ conference.  We welcomed Aaron Burciaga from HCL and Sivan Aldor from Weelio to share their perspectives on the data science…

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Eleven Takeaways from Talking to an IT Professional

When was the last time you spent one-on-one time with the Chief Technical Officer of a $500 million company? The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) manages a video series entitled “A Day in the Life” in which IT technicians and executives offer students their perspectives on the IT workplace. The hope is that hearing directly…

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