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Lean and agile principles in IT

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) most recent “Brown Bag” webinar featured a look at lean and agile concepts, which are often used in the IT workplace to maintain competitive advantage by pursuing continuous improvement. Students who can understand the basics of lean and agile frameworks could have an edge in job interviews. The presenter…

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Strategies of Persuasion

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) most recent “Brown Bag” webinar featured a look at the “art of persuasion.” The presenter was Ryan Bradshaw, who’s Department Chair for Business Education and Technology, part of the Business, Industry, Logistics, and Transportation division (B.I.L.T.) at Johnston Community College in North Carolina. The CTC’s annual grant review panel,…

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Next two free Brown Bag webinars for IT faculty scheduled

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To close out the spring term, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) has two more “Brown Bag” webinars scheduled. First launched in 2020, the Brown Bag series offers special topic presentations via bite-sized, 30-minute segments on both technical and “soft” topics. To date, these webinars have been attended “live” by close to 500 people with…

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Join the CTC at HITEC in Atlanta

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As usual, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will have a huge presence at the upcoming High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HITEC). This year’s conference will be held in Atlanta July 24-27. HI-TEC – supported by the National Science Foundation – is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors,…

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Summer Working Connections registration opens Wednesday

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This week, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will launch registration for Summer Working Connections on Wednesday morning, April 19. For the first time, we’ll be hosting two weeks of Working Connections – an in-person week here at Collin College north of Dallas July 10-14 and then an all online week July 17-21. Regular blog…

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Offering programs to incarcerated students

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) most recent “Brown Bag” webinar featured a look at how Sinclair Community College offers a wide range of classes in prisons throughout the state of Ohio. The presenters were Kyle Jones, Chair and Associate Professor of Sinclair’s Computer Information Services department who’s worked in the IT field for over…

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Twelve Things We Heard at the Innovations Conference

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended the first League of Innovations conference held in-person since March 2020 in Tempe, Arizona. CTC staff delivered two breakout sessions – one on implementing the BILT (Business and Industry Leadership Team) model to energize a program’s relationship with employers and one on sharing best practices for hosting…

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Are you teaching your students RPA?

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The National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) most recent “Brown Bag” webinar featured a look at robotic process automation (RPA). The presenter was Dr. Rajiv Malkan, a Professor in the Computer and Information Technology Department of Lone Star College, Montgomery in Houston with over 30 years of leadership contributions in higher education within multiple settings and…

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Nine Things We Heard at WASTC

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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently delivered a presentation at the virtual WASTC Winter ICT Educators conference that discussed best practices for hosting professional development events – you can download our slide deck here. (The CTC’s sister grant “IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond” also did a presentation on engaging employers to align curriculum…

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Ten Things We Heard at the ATE Principal Investigators Conference

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Staff from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended NSF’s annual Principal Investigators conference for the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program which was held in-person in Washington DC for the first time since 2019. The CTC was a part of two sessions – a demonstration entitled “How to Create National Skill Standards and Implement…

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