In the past few weeks I have had discussions with some recent graduates (and also a few older geospatial people) who said that there is a lot of competition for GIS jobs, while at the same time some employers are saying that they can't attract the right job candidates. At first glance this doesn't make much sense- so I became intrigued about the underlying issues. Read more...
WASHINGTON — Geospatial technologies may have quietly entered Americans’ lives via smart phones and electronic toll collection systems, but they are part of a revolution that Keith Masback wants people, particularly educators, to pay attention to. “Geospatial intelligence is fundamentally about exploration, understanding the world around us,” Masback said, explaining that the revolution is due to phenomenal devices that most people previously encountered only in spy novels.
Geospatial intelligence imagery — whether its source is on-the-ground sensors, space satellites or low-flying drones — “goes into almost every aspect of everything we do,” Masback said in his keynote address at the opening of the Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators Conference on Wednesday.
More than 800 people, including students, attended the three-day conference where recipients of National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grants share information about their work to improve technician education and STEM education programs. On Thursday, journalist Esther J. Cepeda offered tips for educators to make their high-tech education programs more appealing to prospective students and their families. Read more...
Press Release from the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence
Louisville, KY for immediate release, October 22, 2014
The National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence, GeoTech, announces the completion of the update to the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) for the US Department of Labor. This nine month long process looked at more than 300 competencies for the geospatial industry comprising five different Tiers. Each Tier was reviewed by more than 200 professionals from the geospatial community to insure a complete understanding. Four items which change was recommended, or had a large variation in scores or was recommended for elimination; were reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts (SME) from various geospatial industry sectors. The recommendations of the SME was reviewed by the GeoTech Center’s National Visiting Committee and National Advisory Council. The revisions have been posted on the Department of Labor’s website at: http://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/competency-models/geospatial-technology.aspx and linked from theGeoTech Center website: http://geotechcenter.org.
A detailed description of all the changes to the GTCM can be found at the Department of Labor’s website, no changes occurredin Tier 1: Personal Effectiveness Competencies and minor changes were made inTier 2: Academic Competencies and Tier 3: Workplace Competencies. Most of the changes occurred in Tier4: Industry-Wide Technical Competenciesand Tier 5: Industry-Sector Technical Competencies.
Bill Hodge, the Executive Director of GISCI, stated “GISCI considers the GTCM an important part and an indication of a healthy, maturing geospatial profession.The GeoTech Center has made an invaluable contribution to our industry by producing and getting it approved through DOLETA, and their taking the reins for a successful update is even more significant. Alongside the GIS&T Body of Knowledge, the GTCM constitutes the consolidation of the best practices and delineation of the skills, competencies, and knowledge a successful professional requires in our field.Their contribution in this area cannot be overstated!”
Vince DiNoto, the Director of the GeoTech Center,stated “The GTCM 2014 is a major accomplish for the geospatial community since this gives an updated picture of this rapidly changing field. The GTCM 2014, will provide a road map to assist academic institutions and employers with a clear understanding of workforce needs. To have more than 200 professionals examine each competency is truly remarkable. The use of a scientific method to analyze the variations in the responses to each competency and the utilization of our advisors to clarify these suggested changes has led to the creation of an excellent tool for the geospatial field."
Students that participate in GIS-based community service learning projects have the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real-world problems, gaining valuable experience that can help them succeed as GIS professionals; at the same time, they can make significant contributions to their community. The benefits to the students and the community seem obvious, but service learning is not as common as one might expect, primarily because educators face a variety of challenges to implementation.
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