Collin College recently received a nearly $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance the work at the National Convergence Technology Center.
This is the sixth grant that has been awarded to Collin College for research in information technology and cybersecurity in the past 20 years. The five-year grant addresses the nation’s lack of convergence technology specialists, according to the university.
The Convergence Technology Center, which is housed at Collin College, began with two partners when it opened in 2004: the University of North Texas and El Centro College of the Dallas County Community College District. Now, Florida State College Jacksonville, Fox Valley Technical College, Georgia State University, Lansing Community College, Lone Star College, and Sinclair Community College are also partnering with Collin College.
The partners are using the grant to create a curriculum that targets the shifts that have been made in information technology due to the recent surge in cloud computing, software-defined networks, and internet of things.
The grant will also provide funding to develop hubs for business and industry leadership teams. Seven teams will be created around the country in order to connect high schools, community colleges, and universities in their research.