GIS Education News Weekly: Certificate of Competency, Geo for All grows, MS Students Win

Certificate of Competence in GIS from Hawaii Institutions

Starting this August, UH Maui College, Hawai‘i Community College and Kaua‘i Community College will offer two accelerated, eight-week credit courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) leading to a Certificate of Competence in GIS

There is no sign this is connected the GTCM, so far as I can tell.

The two courses run August 27th – December 18th and are part of a FAST TRACK program partially funded by the Dept of Labor. The two courses:

  • Intro to GIS/GPS Foundational understanding of GIS/GPS, data management and ArcGIS software integration.
  • GIS in Ecosystem Management Apply GIS skills and ArcGIS software to create geodatabases, 2D and 3D map layers, tables and basic models.  Final projects address real-world problems.

The "Top Five Reasons for GIS" (cited, I guess, to convince student to enroll) are all from the Esri website. 

More Geo for All

The "Geo for All" Advisory Board is pleased to welcome the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)  joining our initiative. 

Webinar: overview of open source GIS within the education realm

Please join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 22 from 11 AM to 12 PM. This month URISA Texas in collaboration with FOSS4Geo Academy will present an overview of open source GIS within the education realm. The presentation topic is about the new QGIS cross-platform and open source desktop geographic information systems (GIS) curriculum.

Registration info is here.

Geodesigner to Head PSU Architecture/Landscape Architecture

Kelleann Foster, a Penn State landscape architecture faculty member since 1989, has been appointed director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at the University for a two-year term. Since fall 2013, she has served as interim director of the school, which also includes the college’s graphic design program.

Foster, a Penn State alumna with a bachelor of science degree in landscape architecture, is currently the lead faculty for the online geodesign graduate programs at the University. Within the Department of Landscape Architecture, she previously served as assistant department head (2001-08) and interim department head (2009-11).

National Technology Student Association Competition GeoTech Award

Madison [MS] Middle School students Anna Brock, Haaris Patel and Rimika Banerjee placed first at the National Technology Student Association Competition in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. The three students earned their school's first-year TSA Club a national title by taking the gold in the Geospatial Technology category.

The students taught themselves the unnamed software ("fairly complicated") and did a project on earthquakes. For the onsite project they offered a proposal for a state park in New York.

Published Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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