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Do you know how Amazon structures its business operations and manages employees? The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended a session at the Innovations conference entitled “The Culture of Innovation at Amazon.”  Led by an executive from Amazon Web Services, the session took a deep dive into the corporate culture of one of the…

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Are your business council experts giving you specifics on what skills they’re seeking in new hires? The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently convened a panel of four IT business experts and posed this question to them: what are the important skills or traits for an IT worker?  Their answers are listed below. Never stop…

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Live from Washington, DC… it’s the Principal Investigators conference! All NSF ATE (Advanced Technological Education) grantees each fall gather at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC to attend the Principal Investigators conference.  In addition to hosting a breakfast roundtable on the popular BILT model and BILT toolkit, your National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) also attended…

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When was the last time you talked to systems engineer at a major IT company about what your students need to know? 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…

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For the fifth year in a row, the National Convergence Technology Center is offering Winter Working Connections exclusively online and registration is underway! Classes run Dec. 16-18. Loyal blog readers know that the Working Connections IT Faculty Development Institute offers cutting-edge, cost-effective professional development opportunities to current community college IT/convergence faculty (at non-profit schools only) that is…

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s Convergence College Network (CCN) community is happy to showcase students in information technology (IT) by capturing their testimonials. This month we’re featuring Brett Piatek, a student at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Brett, also, participated in CTC’s National Visiting Committee meeting as one of our success students given…

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s Convergence College Network (CCN) community is happy to showcase students in information technology by capturing their testimonials. This month we’re featuring Gregg White, a student and lab assistant at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Gregg begin as a teenager replacing radios in his friends’ cars for $10. He was…

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As a part of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) featured blogs, we would like to introduce to you 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…

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If you are a high school or community college STEM teacher, you may be aware of the “AP Computer Science Principles” exam (or dual cred) opportunity that became available in the last couple of years.  The “Beauty and Joy of Computing” (BJC) is a College Board-endorsed curriculum and professional development provider for the “AP Computer…

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Each spring, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) asks for impact data from the 69 colleges in its “Convergence College Network” (CCN) community of practice. This information forms an important part of the grant reporting that the CTC provides both to the National Science Foundation and to the annual National Visiting Committee review panel.  Out of…

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