Welcome to Winter Working Connections 2014!



Working Connections IT Faculty Development Institute offers cutting-edge, cost-effective professional development opportunities to current community college IT/convergence faculty (at non-profit schools only) 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 875 faculty members have attended the National Convergence Technology Center's Working Connections training. In the past four years, 81% of the faculty chose a discipline that they were not currently teaching, leading to 159 new degrees, certificates, or courses created and implemented using the training provided. By the National CTC's calculations, over 37,600 students and faculty have been impacted by the training provided by Summer and Winter Working Connections training since 2004.

To see what happened at our Summer 2014 Working Connections, visit our blog!


Dates

December 15-17, 2014

Location

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



Registration for Winter Working Connections 2014 has ended. But please mark your calendars for Summer Working Connections, which we will run at Collin College in Frisco, Texas July 13-17, 2015.


Travel Reimbursement:

Educators that live one hour or more away from the Preston Ridge Campus (verified by GoogleMaps) and complete all three 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.

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, November 21, 2014. Changes made after that date may result in a suspension from attending the next two Working Connections (Summer 2015 and Winter 2015). For those who are suspended from attending Working Connections for the next 12 months, both you and your supervisor will be notified.

Substitutes must attend the entire program and be an IT/convergence faculty member just like the attendee being replaced. No partial or shared substitutions will be permitted.

Again, please note that after November 21, track switching is not permitted.

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 Winter 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 Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Failure to do these surveys may result in a suspension from attending the next two Working Connections (Summer 2015 and Winter 2015). The surveys can be found here.

Questions?

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