By Special to WRAL Tech Wire

(Editor’s note: MCNC is nearing the completion of the first stage of a $144 million expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network. Funded through $104 million in federal BTOP grants and another $40 million in matching funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation, private partners and MCNC’s Endowment, the project will be completed in 2013. To commemorate the launch and progress of the project, MCNC is celebrating “12 Days of Broadband” in a series of blog posts between Dec. 8 and Dec. 23. These will be published in WRAL Tech Wire.)

Day 3: CeCTO program gives school leaders the skills to succeed

Twenty-one school technology directors in North Carolina along with three representatives from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) have successfully completed the 2011 Certified educational Chief Technology Officer (CeCTO) program offered through a partnership between NCDPI, UNC School of Government’s Center for Public Technology, and MCNC.

CeCTO is one of the nation’s first technology-centered certification programs for educators and features two components – one for superintendents and one for technology directors. The program was added in 2010 as a new offering in the nationally-acclaimed Certified Government Chief Information Officers (CGCIO) series pioneered by the UNC School of Government’s Center for Public Technology.

Instruction for the CeCTO course covers topics such as strategic technology planning, communications, project management, emerging trends, risk assessment and management, acquisition management, change management, leadership, security, legal issues, and financial trends.

Now that the program has finished its second year, North Carolina has a total of 58 CeCTO graduates in senior technology positions in K-12 education throughout the state. Read more.

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