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Welcome to Summer Working Connections 2021!


Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Summer Working Connections event will be delivered synchronously on-line. Attendees will not travel.

This will be the 20th North Texas edition of this hugely successful professional development event. The first Working Connections in this region, led by our own grant PI Ann Beheler, was held at Dallas’ Richland College all the way back in 2002.

Working Connections IT Faculty Development Institute offers cutting-edge, cost-effective professional development opportunities to current community college IT/convergence faculty (including adjuncts!) that are 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 950 faculty members have attended the National Convergence Technology Center's Working Connections professional development events, learning about more than 100 unique IT topics in that time. In the past six years, an average of 75% of the faculty chose a discipline that they were not currently teaching, leading to 133 new degrees, certificates, or courses created and implemented using the training provided. By the National CTC's calculations, over 149,000 students and faculty have been impacted by the training provided by Summer Working Connections since the program began.

To see what happened at Summer Working Connections 2019, check out this Facebook gallery.


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.

Check out these other training ONLINE events:

WASTC Virtual Faculty Development Week 1
June 7-11, 2021
Registration opens April 15, $50 registration fee

WASTC Virtual Faculty Development Week 2
June 14-18, 2021
Registration opens April 15, $50 registration fee

WASTC Virtual Faculty Development Week 3
June 21-25, 2021
Registration opens April 15, $50 registration fee

Summer Working Connections SOUTH
June 21-25, 2021
Registration is free

Travel Reimbursement
Attendees will not travel to this year's Summer Working Connections event. 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 25, 2021. Changes made after that date may result in a suspension from attending the next two Working Connections (Winter 2021 and Summer 2022). 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 a survey before they sign off from the program on Friday, July 16, 2021 Failure to do these surveys may result in a suspension from attending the next two Working Connections (Winter 2021 and Summer 2022).

For more information about Working Connections, contact Mark Dempsey.

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