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The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) has long been one of the sponsors of the annual High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC). This past summer, the conference was in Salt Lake City, but it’s been all over the country. Recent HI-TEC conferences assembled in Pittsburgh, Portland, Chicago, and Austin. One of the unique features of…

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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Robert Cazares was always into computers and electronic technology. He is currently attending El Centro, Dallas Community College’s downtown Dallas campus, pursuing an Associates in Networking. “I went to their website, I looked at their IT programs and I didn’t know at the time that they offered so many…

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Ready for a refresher on the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) “Diversity Summit”? About two months have passed since the two-day event that featured guest speakers from across the country. Videos from all the presentations are now available online – it’s a great way to take advantage of their expertise for those who weren’t in…

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Olivia Hughes did not have a background in computers when she started going to the University of North Texas to be a material science major. “The high school I went to didn’t really have that big of a computer program,” Olivia said. “The computer class I took was basically just an amped up version of…

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With the annual National Visiting Committee meeting this week, the National Convergence Technology Center gathered the best impact reports from several of the Convergence College Network schools. CCN Success Stories Faculty at Calhoun Community College received Palo Alto training via the “Firewall Essentials” track at Summer Working Connections so that they could start the Palo…

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Meet Kyle Taylor, BAIT (Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology) graduate from University of North Texas (UNT). Kyle actually got his start in computers when he was a kid. “My parents weren’t in technology, so I was always just the computer kid in the house,” he said. In high school, Kyle got interested in Cisco…

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Laura Nicholas – a communications consultant for IBM – provided remarks at the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) recent two-day “Diversity Summit” workshop. Specifically, Laura talked to the attendees (ten teams comprised of a faculty member, an administrator, and a counselor) about messaging as it relates to improving their programs’ student diversity. Here are select…

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After looking around at men much older than him making only $12 an hour at a strenuous telephone cabling job, Cody Hooper decided he wanted more and realized he needed to stay relevant. “Analog was dying and digital was the next thing,” Cody said. “I saw a lot of old Bell technicians just stop what…

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In 2001, Brent Forrest got started doing voice and data cabling and phone systems with his family. After 9/11, his family closed the doors on the business but Brent continued on his own. Eventually one of his larger clients ended up upgrading their phone system from traditional PBX to a Cisco Voice-over IP, so Brent…

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Most community college educators know what it takes to recruit and retain under-served populations (hands-on activities, early outreach, success stories, role models, community events, data tracking, intrusive advising, and the list goes on). The trick is that those strategies must be employed again and again in order to deliver sustained results. But with community college…

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