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Winter Working Connections registration opens

Last week, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) launched registration for Winter Working Connections. Seats are already filling up fast. If you want in, act now! Regular blog readers know that Working Connections events (five days in July, three days in December) offer cutting-edge, cost-effective professional development opportunities to current community college IT faculty that’s typically only available through expensive commercial training. The goal is for attendees to add this content into their home programs as soon as possible, either as a new course or as a supplement to an existing course.

The 2022 edition of Winter Working Connections, which runs December 12-14, will be the 12th time it’s been offered by the National CTC (it’s been hosted exclusively online since 2015). To date, Winter Working Connections alone has attracted over 600 enrollments across over 20 different IT topics.

This year we’re featuring four tracks:

* “Expand Your NETLAB+ by Building Custom Labs and Pods” will provide in-depth knowledge of the NETLAB+ appliance, focusing on building and deploying custom lab and pod designs. NETLAB+ provides educators with lab IT content using a simple, remote access solution using intuitive scheduling 24/7 that gives students more access to curriculum and allows them to work at their own pace.

* “Introduction to Programming in R” will give students a fundamental understanding of the R language and its application to various problem domains using hands-on exercises. R is a popular open-source programming language used in data science for statistical programming and data analysis. The R language provides a huge repository of thousands of useful packages supported by a large and diverse user community.

* “Network Defense Essentials” introduces participants to the fundamental concepts of information security and network defense. Specifically, the track will provide an overview of the key components of Information Security such as Identification, Authentication and Authorization, Virtualization and Cloud Computing, Wireless Networks, Network Monitoring, and Network Security Controls.

* “Self-Service Analytics Automation with UiPath and Alteryx” will cover both UiPath StudioX and Alteryx Designer using ‘Follow Me’ exercises and tutorials. Attendees will also be given time to work independently and apply what you have learned. Specifically, UiPath will teach the basics of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and provide development skills to use UiPath StudioX to design automations visually to develop and deploy software robots. Alteryx will explore how to build workflows in Designer to automate processes and perform advanced analytics.

Current university, community college, and high school IT faculty can learn more about this event and register here:

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