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Registration for Summer Working Connections is now CLOSED. But please mark your calendars for Winter Working Connections, scheduled for December 12-14, 2016.

Working Connections IT Faculty Development Institute offers cutting-edge, cost-effect professional development opportunities to current community college IT/convergence faculty that is often only available through expensive commercial training. Working Connections makes the newest technologies and industry trends available to attendees, as well as encourages the kind of networking and collaboration among educational and business leaders that can strengthen any IT educational program.

Working Connections training workshops offer several tracks that cover a range of the most in-demand topics in IT. The goal of Working Connections is to provide attendees with the expertise needed to teach their respective track in a subsequent semester, bringing the most current information to their classrooms either as a stand-alone course or as supplemental information to an existing course.

Since 2004, more than 1300 people have attended the National Convergence Technology Center's Working Connections professional development events, learning about more than 50 unique IT topics in that time. In the past five years, an average of 68% of the faculty chose a discipline that they were not currently teaching, leading to 155 new degrees, certificates, or courses created and implemented using the training provided. By the National CTC's calculations, over 54,000 students and faculty have been impacted by the training provided by Summer Working Connections training since the program began 11 short years ago.


Collin College - Preston Ridge Campus
9700 Wade Blvd.
Frisco, TX 75035


Learn more about our six tracks by using the "Tracks" section of the blue menu on the left side of this page.


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Class tracks last for the entire duration of Working Connections. Attendees may only select one track. You will be removed from any additional courses selected.

Can't make it to Texas?

Check out these other great Working Connections events across the country.

Summer Working Connections - North (CANCELLED)
June 6 - 10, 2016
Fox Valley Technical College - Appleton, WI

Summer Working Connections - South
June 20 - 24, 2016
Florida State College - Jacksonville, FL

Travel Reimbursement:

Educators that live one hour or more away from the Preston Ridge Campus and complete all five days of training may be eligible to apply for travel reimbursement, so long as funds are available. There are different levels of reimbursement, so please review the relevant travel reimbursement pages for more information. Should you have questions, please contact Mark Dempsey.

Attendance Eligibility:

Please note that because of limited space and budget, we only allow four faculty members per school to attend.

If you don't intend to teach or supervise a class in the next two semesters using the track you wish to attend, you must first get a special exemption from the National CTC. Contact Mark Dempsey for more information.

Cancellation Policy:

If you must cancel the track you are registered for, please notify Mark Dempsey immediately. The last day to make any registration changes (switch a track or cancel without providing a substitute) is Friday, June 24, 2016. Changes made after that date may result in a suspension from attending the next two Working Connections (Winter 2016 and Summer 2017). For those who are suspended from attending Working Connections for the next 12 months, both you and your supervisor will be notified.

Certificate Policy:

Only those who attend every session (and sign the attendance sheet at every session) are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion for Summer Working Connections.


All attendees are required to complete two surveys (an overall survey and a track-specific survey) before they leave Collin College at the end of the program on Friday, July 15, 2016. Failure to do these surveys may result in a suspension from attending the next two Working Connections (Winter 2016 and Summer 2017). The surveys can be found here.


For more information about Winter Working Connections, contact:
Mark Dempsey