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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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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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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently recorded a 30-minute presentation entitled “Successful Scaling: Strategies to Expand the Capacity and Impact of Your Program.” This presentation was intended to be delivered in person in Portland, Oregon at the HITEC conference, but the coronavirus pandemic pushed that event online. (You can access recordings of the HITEC…

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Drum roll, please. Your National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) website has a whole new look, powered now by the far more agile and dynamic WordPress platform. This transformation has been many months in the making, part of a strategic effort to develop a more user-friendly website. We want to make it quick and easy for…

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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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For the first time ever, you won’t have to travel to the blazing hot July plains of North Texas to attend Summer Working Connections. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) has decided to convert Summer Working Connections into an all-online event.  IT faculty are welcome to join…

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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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Considering the Coronavirus spreading throughout the world, an article posted on CompTIA’s blog entitled In the News… Obstacles, Opportunities Emerge from Outbreak Fears advises everyone to be watchful of cybercriminals lurking to deceive fearful individuals. According to the article, cybercriminals are sending out fictitious emails, texts and social media post to capture personal information. In addition…

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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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