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Teaching foundational quantum computing skills

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) recently hosted another “Brown Bag” webinar, this one focusing on quantum computing concepts and skills. First launched in 2020, this series offers special topic presentations via bite-sized, 30-minute segments on both technical and employability topics. To date, these nine webinars have been attended “live” by over 400 people with…

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Five Things We Heard at NCPN

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Staff from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the National Career Pathways Network’s annual conference which was held in-person (in Atlanta) for the first time since 2019. We delivered a presentation – entitled “Employer Strategies for Managing Successful Employer Councils” – on the essentials of successfully implementing the BILT (Business and Industry Leadership…

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Free 5G module content available

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) now has available new classroom resources to support teaching 5G concepts. These module tools were funded by the CTC’s National Science Foundation grant and developed by Gordon Snyder from Holyoke Community College, Bill Saichek from San Jose State University, and Chris Kadlec from Georgia Southern University. This material has…

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Can you improve your social media engagement?

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) recently hosted its first “Brown Bag” webinar of the fall. First launched in 2020, this series offers special topic presentations via bite-sized, 30-minute segments on both technical and employability topics. To date, these webinars have been attended “live” by over 350 people with another 900 views of the recordings…

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Free webinar: Learn More About Joining the Convergence College Network

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) community of practice – called the Convergence College Network (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 programs. Currently, there are 93 schools (including 10 universities and one high school)…

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Lessons from the Professional Development Trenches

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently delivered a presentation at the HITEC conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, sharing best practices learned the hard way through many years of successful faculty professional development events. The National CTC hosts faculty professional development across a number of formats and platforms, from half-hour Zoom webinars to multi-day…

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CCN Focus Feature: Shawn Lampe, Kirkwood Community College

For the past three years, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) has featured blogs that introduced 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 resources to enhance…

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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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