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LCC to Benefit from Grant in Convergence Technology

LANSING 9/28/12 – As a partner of the National Convergence Technology Center at Collin County Community College in Texas, Lansing Community College (LCC) will benefit from a $4.4 million National Science Foundation grant to help the college develop courses in convergence technology with a goal of becoming a regional mentor college.

LCC will develop a certificate and a degree in convergence technology with the certificate program ready to begin as soon as fall 2013. Specific networking classes that will be incorporated include cloud computing and storage, virtualization, sensor technologies, and mobile applications.

As a regional mentor college, LCC will assist other colleges in course and curricula development, and by providing professional development to faculty in convergence technology training.

Convergence technology involves merging multiple technologies into a single network or device. The smart phone is a convergence technology combining voice, video and data, among other things.

Growth in the industry will create a demand for highly trained individuals for years to come. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, many occupations in the IT sector will experience double digit job growth in Michigan through 2018.

Other college and university partners involved in the National Convergence Technology Center are:  El Centro College (TX), the University of North Texas, Florida State College, Fox Valley Technical College (WI), Orange Coast College (CA), and Georgia Southern University.

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