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Winter Working Connections and Successful Online Training

For the third December in a row, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) will be hosting its annual Winter Working Connections professional development training event completely on-line. When it was first offered in 2009, Winter Working Connections was an expansion of the CTC’s popular week-long, in-person, Summer Working Connections event that runs each July.  The…

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Reaching Future Students with STEM Summer Camps

Summer camps can be a great way to introduce students to the wonderful world of STEM. They can also be great recruitment tools for colleges looking to increase enrollment in STEM concentrations. The trick is making sure the camps are super fun while sneaking the education in. Veteran CCN members David Keathly (University of North…

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Where are the women in STEM?

If it hasn’t already passed through your e-mail in-box, a recent, lengthy New York Times article on the lack of women in science is worth a look.  It’s a detailed exploration of a topic many STEM educators know well, written by Eileen Pollack, one of the first women to earn a B.S. in Physics from Yale…

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Student spotlight: Collin College’s Laurel Phillips

Like so many others, new graduate Laurel Phillips came to Collin College to update her technical skills. She’d spent four years in software sales and longed to go back to computer engineering. The 2007-08 recession unexpectedly gave her that opportunity, so she applied an engineer’s methodical persistence to choose her next step. All roads lead…

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