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Working Connections 2021 is a Wrap
Earlier this summer, the National CTC hosted 126 faculty online from across the country for a five-day professional development event. Working Connections provided a deep dive into cutting-edge, in-demand IT topics for classroom implementation. Attendees are expected to take what they learned and either create a new course or supplement an existing one. The summer session offered training in artificial intelligence, Azure, cybersecurity, data analytics and visualization, Linux Red Hat and Python. This year, the CTC welcomed 27 first-time attendees to Working Connections. The next event is set for December 13-15.
SUBSCRIBE to the faculty invite list by emailing Mark Dempsey at
nationalCTC@collin.edu.
WATCH a short video about Working Connections’ impacts
HERE.
CTC Students Showcased at HI-TEC
Three students from Convergence College Network (CCN) member colleges participated in a joint video presentation for the HI-TEC conference. The CTC usually takes students to HI-TEC for in-person poster sessions, where they showcase a project and mingle with attendees. This summer, the CTC created a 30-minute video version of those sessions. David Graffeo, from Sinclair Community College, discussed quantum computing and encryption; Matthew Shillinger, from Lansing Community College, talked about a video he created for his Security+ final; and Henry Middleton, from Gwinnett Technical College, shared his experiences with the National Cyber League. The CCN is a cohort of 86 community colleges and universities from across the U.S. connecting IT educators with resources to enhance their programs. Colleges with IT networking programs are encouraged to join the CCN. There is no cost to access the resources or attend special events.
WATCH the video
HERE.
DOWNLOAD a one-page flyer about CCN benefits
HERE.
ACCESS the CCN application
HERE.
New Video Released about the BILT Model
As part of the July 2021 HITEC conference, the CTC also produced a 30-minute presentation on the BILT model, “Common Barriers to Successfully Engaging Employers – and How to Overcome Them.” This video offers a quick overview of the BILT model essentials. It also discusses strategies for overcoming common implementation challenges, such as a reluctance to schedule frequent meetings, an inability to find committed employers, and difficulty getting institutional buy-in.
WATCH the video
HERE.
CTC Article Published in Community College Journal of Research and Practice
The CTC’s December 2020 Brown Bag webinar on LinkedIn strategies inspired a journal article. This past May, the Community College Journal of Research and Practice published “Leveraging LinkedIn: How Can Educators Help College Students Market Themselves,” which was co-authored by CTC’s own assistant director, Mark Dempsey. The article ties together previous LinkedIn research led by Dr. Ruby A. Daniels, of Texas A&M University San Antonio, with the results of the CTC’s survey of attendees at her December webinar. The simple strategies and best practices presented in Dr. Daniels’ webinar received an overwhelmingly positive response from attendees. Survey feedback, however, illustrated the challenges faculty face teaching LinkedIn strategies.
READ the article
HERE.
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