The article discusses development, implementation and evaluation of a tiered internship program for undergraduate students in geospatial science and technology (TIMSGeoTech) that assists education programs in providing skill development that is relevant and useful, and aligns graduates and their skills with industry needs through internship experiences. The unique internship tiers clarify the U.S. Department of Labor’s requirements on geospatial technician competencies and preparation. The vibrant internship process and its thorough evaluation improve the relevance of coursework to today’s geospatial applications and competencies, student academic performance, student retention and graduation rates, and employer’s satisfaction. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant DUE #0902511.
Keywords: Workforce development, Career-Technical Education, internship, geospatial skills, undergraduate students
Correspondence contact: Dr. Irina A. Kopteva, Geography Department, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO, USA11195 Highway 83, R-13, Colorado Springs, CO 80921, USA
Reference: Community College Journal of Research and Practice 00:1-10, 2014
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