ERIC Number: ED497126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Integrating Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing for Technical Workforce Training at Two-Year Colleges
National Council for Geographic Education (NJ1), Paper Presented at the Geospatial Workshop (Arlington, VA, Aug 15-16, 2005)
This report examines the outcomes of a workshop held at the National Science Foundation on August 15-16, 2005. Forty-six participants, representing academia, industry, government agencies, professional associations, and special projects met to: (1) discuss how geospatial technology training at two-year colleges can address workforce needs; and (2) recommend ways to structure and implement effective two-year programs that integrate essential technologies. The participants were in agreement that two-year colleges should be able to assume strong roles in training new geospatial technologists and meeting on-the-job training needs of local professionals; that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing are the critical curriculum areas for two-year college geospatial technology programs; that students also need some exposure to global positioning systems (GPS) and photogrammetry; and that the programs should foster problem solving, project management, and communication skills. Obstacles to establishing effective programs were identified in terms of staffing, financial, and administrative issues; limited student awareness of geospatial career options; and the need for collaboration with local employers. Panel sessions focused on overcoming these obstacles and implementing effective programs by recruiting and training faculty, building internal college support, making and utilizing connections with local businesses and agencies that use geospatial technology, and marketing the programs in local communities and on campus. The following are appended: (1) Workshop Agenda; and (2) Geospatial Education Workshop Participants. (Contains 4 figures and 4 tables.) [This report is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant #0541698.]
Descriptors: Training, Needs Assessment, Workshops, On the Job Training, Information Systems, Community Colleges, Technical Occupations, Labor Needs, Geographic Concepts, Vocational Education, Networks, Program Implementation, Core Curriculum, Problem Solving, Program Administration, Communication Skills
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.; Environmental Systems Research Inst., Inc., Redlands, CA.; Geological Survey (Dept. of Interior), Reston, VA.; National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council for Geographic Education.