July 28, 2017 – Matt Glover, a member of the Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) for the National Convergence Technology Center at Collin College, was honored with the HI-TEC Industry Recognition Award at a ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 19. The award recognizes key industry personnel for outstanding contributions to the promotion of technology education.
“I count myself blessed to be a part of an organization that seamlessly blends education, industry and government together,” Glover said. “Higher education allows Americans to transition from joblessness or low-income jobs into meaningful careers that can pull whole families up from the depths of poverty, breaking the cycle of impoverished families one student at a time. I am humbled to be singled out for my contributions to this great cause, but it is because of the work of countless others that this is all possible.”
The chief technology officer at Le-Vel in Frisco, Glover has worked with the BILT since 2012. The BILT co-leads the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC), a project of the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program which helps steer curricula for more than 60 community colleges and universities across the nation. Because industry leaders co-lead the project, they provide a vital link to current business and industry needs. The result is that curricula are better aligned with business needs across the U.S. and graduates are more readily employable.
Dr. Ann Beheler, executive director of emerging technology grants at Collin College, praised Glover’s dedication to the BILT and the CTC. Dr. Beheler noted that Glover has given much of his own time to the project, once even interrupting his family vacation and flying cross-country to make a presentation on the CTC’s behalf. He also manages quarterly BILT meetings designed to keep faculty across the nation up to speed on cutting-edge IT trends and technologies.
“Since joining our team, Matt has been there to do whatever, whenever is needed to help community colleges nationally to prepare students better for high demand, high-paying IT jobs,” Dr. Beheler said.
The HI-TEC Industry Recognition Award was presented at the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC). Nominees for this award must have had a demonstrated impact on technology education on both the local and national levels.
The CTC is based at Collin College’s Preston Ridge Campus and was established to meet the growing need for skilled specialists in the area of Convergence Technology and the Internet of Things (IoT). Established in 2012, it focuses on leading national efforts to ensure that students are prepared with up-to-date Information Technology infrastructure and communications (referred to broadly as IT) skills to be highly employable upon completion. The National Convergence Technology Center is funded by the National Science Foundation. The federal grant which funds it was renewed for five years in early July.
Collin College serves more than 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,100 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.