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    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 four years, an average of 74% of the faculty chose a discipline that they were not currently teaching, leading to 75 new degrees, certificates, or courses created and implemented using the training provided. By the National CTC's calculations, over 88,000 students and faculty have been impacted by the training provided by Summer Working Connections since the program began.
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    July 16 - 20, 2018

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    Contact Us!
    For more information on Working Connections, contact:
    Mark Dempsey
    972.377.1582
    National Convergence Technology Center
    The National Convergence Technology Center focuses on engaging educators, students and businesses to meet workforce needs through the promotion and implementation of convergence technology degree and certificate programs in colleges across the nation.
    We enable educators to bring the latest convergence technology information to their classrooms through quality professional development, curriculum assistance, and providing access to technology-enabled instructional support systems through our Convergence College Network program. We facilitate partnerships with the business community and convergence technology industry leaders to guide curriculum development and validate job skills required for future graduates. We also develop strategies to increase the number of students who successfully complete a certificate or degree program and are ready to meet the growing need for skilled specialists in the workforce.
    For more info about the National CTC and the Convergence College Network program, visit our website:
    www.connectedtech.org
    Location:
    Collin College - Preston Ridge Campus
    9700 Wade Blvd.
    Frisco, TX 75035
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    Working Connections Surveys
    All attendees are required to complete TWO surveys (one overall and one track-specific survey) before they leave Collin College at the end of the program on Friday, July 20, 2018.
    Please see the links below.
    Failure to complete these surveys will make you ineligible to attend Winter Working Connections 2018 and Summer Working Connections 2019. For those who are suspended from attending Working Connections for the next 12 months, both you and your supervisor will be notified.
    MONDAY - Working Connections First-Day Survey
    After lunch on Monday, please complete this anonymous survey to let us know how the first morning went. Results will be provided to your instructor.
    FRIDAY - Working Connections Overall Survey
    Before the end of the program on Friday, everyone must complete this "overall" survey.
    FRIDAY - Working Connections "Track-Specific" Surveys
    Before the end of the program on Friday, please choose only the survey below that corresponds to the single track you attended this week.

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    Welcome to Frisco, Texas! {City of Frisco.jpg}
    For those unfamiliar with Frisco or North Texas, we’ve provided some information below you may find useful.
    Local Weather
    July in Frisco is typically hot and sunny. The average high is 92 degrees Fahrenheit with a low of 71. Because of the heat, Texans generally like to keep the indoors fairly frosty, which can make some uncomfortable.
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    Transportation
    Distance from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Frisco: 24.7 miles
    DFW transportation: http://www.dfwairport.com/transport/taxis/index.php
    Distance from Love Field (DAL) to Frisco: 25.0 miles
    DAL transportation: http://www.dallas-lovefield.com/parking-transportation.html
    We recommend visiting ShuttleFare.com for transportation comparisons. Note also that SuperShuttle has been a favorite among past Working Connections registrants.
    Things to do
    Stonebriar Mall, located at the corner of Preston Road and Highway 121, is just three miles from the Preston Ridge campus. The 1.6 million square foot mall opened in 2000 and boasts a 24-screen movie theater, and several anchor stores including Macy’s, Sears, and JCPenney.
    http://www.shopstonebriar.com/
    Downtown Frisco Square: Enjoy shops, restaurants, entertainment and more! Located at the intersection of the Dallas North Tollway and Main Street, Frisco Square is similar to a European village; a pedestrian-friendly urban environment in one of the fastest growing cities in America.
    http://www.friscosquare.com
    The Frisco Roughriders are the Class AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers major league baseball club and play in the Texas League’s South Division. The team originated in Shreveport in 1971 before moving to Frisco in 2003. The Roughriders play just four miles from Collin College’s Preston Ridge campus in Dr Pepper Ballpark, which seats 10,600. In 2004, the team won the Texas League championship. The 2017 Roughriders schedule can be found here.
    Visitor's Bureaus Websites
    These websites offer a comprehensive list of area sights and attractions, as well as information on hotels and transportation.
    www.visitfrisco.com
    www.visitdallas.com
    www.dfwandbeyond.com
    About Collin College
    {CollinCollegeLogo.jpg} Collin College first offered classes in 1985 at the Central Park Campus in McKinney, Texas with a student body of about 5000. Today, Collin College welcomes over 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. Over the years, the College has expanded to four instruction centers and three campuses, including the National Convergence Technology Center’s home at Preston Ridge in Frisco. Located north of Highway 121 and east of State Highway 289 (Preston Road), the Preston Ridge Campus is set on a 100+ acre campus that offers a rich and varied environment.
    Since 2000, four of the college’s professors have been awarded the coveted U.S. Professor of the Year, an award presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In Texas, this is a record for both colleges and universities. Collin College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The College’s six “core values” are learning, service and involvement, creativity and innovation, academic excellence, dignity and respect, and integrity.
    About Frisco, Texas
    In the mid-19th century, the town of Lebanon was founded on the old north-south Preston Trail (which would later become Preston Road) frequented by wagon train settlers. Later, a line of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway was being built nearby and needed periodic watering holes along the route for the steam engines. Because Lebanon was on a ridge and thus an unsuitable location for a watering hole, the hole was instead dug several miles to the west on lower ground. It was around this watering hole that a new settlement grew and would become Frisco. The town was formally named Frisco City in 1904 in honor of the railway that led to its founding.

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  10. page Home edited Welcome to Summer Working Connections 2018! Registration for Summer Working Connections is not …

    Welcome to Summer Working Connections 2018!
    Registration for Summer Working Connections is not open yet!
    Working Connections IT Faculty Development Institute offers cutting-edge, cost-effective 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 four years, an average of 74% of the faculty chose a discipline that they were not currently teaching, leading to 75 new degrees, certificates, or courses created and implemented using the training provided. By the National CTC's calculations, over 88,000 students and faculty have been impacted by the training provided by Summer Working Connections since the program began.
    Location
    Collin College - Preston Ridge Campus
    9700 Wade Blvd.
    Frisco, TX 75035
    Registration
    Registration is not open yet. For more information, please join our email newsletter.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Surveys:
    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 20, 2018. Failure to do these surveys may result in a suspension from attending the next two Working Connections (Winter 2018 and Summer 2019).
    Questions?
    For more information about Winter Working Connections, contact:
    Mark Dempsey

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