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Ten Industry Perspectives from IT Employers

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently convened its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) for the annual vote and discussion of entry-level KSAs (knowledge, skills, and abilities). Regular blog readers know well that the CTC believes that this annual vote is essential to keeping curriculum aligned with evolving workforce needs. If you’re not familiar…

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CTC’s Student Spotlight: David Rowe, University of North Texas

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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2021’s National Visiting Committee Report Completed — On to 2022

Two weeks ago, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosted its annual grant review panel, the National Visiting Committee (NVC), online and in person. Convening an NVC is a requirement of any National Science Foundation grant to ensure that grant goals are being fulfilled. The committee consists of subject matter experts in education, IT business,…

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Ongoing classroom Impact of Summer Working Connections

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently conducted its annual longitudinal survey of attendees from the past three years of Summer Working Connections events. Faithful blog readers know that Working Connections offers cutting-edge, cost-effective professional development opportunities to current IT faculty. This helps teachers get the newest technologies and latest industry trends into their classrooms.…

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IT Faculty Question of the Day – Q4

This week, the National CTC is featuring question number four of the “IT Faculty Question of the Day” series, “What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started teaching?” This series consist of six videos from four Convergence College Network (CCN) faculty members. We encourage you to view all the videos…

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Ten IT Employer Perspectives

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently convened its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) for the first quarterly meeting of 2022. Regular blog readers know that these BILT meetings offer a forum to discuss future trends in the IT workplace. The hope is that these discussions — which supplement the annual “KSA vote” meeting…

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Ann Beheler Recognized by Collin College Board of Trustees

Dr. Ann Beheler was recently recognized by the Collin College Board of Trustees for many years of work leading multiple successful National Science Foundation and Department of Labor grants. Ann stood before the board as Collin College President, Dr. Neil Matkin, ran down a list of Ann’s many accomplishments. He joked that he had “six…

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Winter Working Connections Data Shows the Program Success

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently wrapped up its 12th annual Winter Working Connections professional development event, welcoming 76 faculty members from 54 schools. Only the December 2020 event attracted more attendees. As regular blog readers might recall, for the first time, some Winter Working Connections tracks extended beyond the usual three-day schedule –…

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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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