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Regular blog readers know that the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is funded by an ATE (Advanced Technological Education) grant from the National Science Foundation. The ATE program recently hosted a webinar “Addressing STEM Workforce Needs in a Virtual World – How ATE Grants Can Help and Why You Should Apply” sharing strategies and best…

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As a part of the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) featured blogs, 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 programs. In…

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What questions do you have about implementing the “BILT model”? The National Science Foundation’s ATE (Advanced Technological Education) program recently launched a monthly “Office Hours” webinar series that invites special guests from the ATE community to present on specific topics of interest to technical educators and answer questions. This week, Ann Beheler discussed the “BILT…

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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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As the COVID-19 virus upends the economy and affects every aspect of our culture, how is it impacting the IT industry and workforce? Chris Preimesberger at eWeek notes that more than 27,900 new IT jobs were posted in the first quarter of 2020, which includes the beginnings of the coronavirus shutdown in March.  While the…

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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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How do you recruit students into your IT program? This was a question posed during a recent web meeting of the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) Convergence College Network (CCN).  Attending the meeting were 30 faculty members from 25 colleges across the country.  Below are some of the highlights of that group discussion on recruiting…

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What do you tell your students about career prep?  How do you get students ready for the workforce?  Staff from the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently attended a presentation – sponsored by Collin College – by Miguel Duran, a tech recruiter for Hays.  Miguel offered specific strategies and guidelines for IT and cyber students…

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