Recruiting for a Geospatial Workforce

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Historic barriers to wide-spread use of GIS in the classroom are being lifted as educators embrace the power of Web-based GIS and other Internet based geospatial technologies. Two NSF-funded projects at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon - MAPS-GIS (Mapping Analyzing and Problem Solving with GIS) for college level students and GEOSTAC (Geospatial Teaching Across the Curriculum) for high school teachers – will be discussed. We will illustrate how Web-based GIS is being embedded across the curriculum and how it is being used to teach important geospatial concepts and skills and educate students about GIS classes and careers.

Lynn Songer, Eric Sproles

Lynn Songer is a GIS and geography instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She is also the PI for a NSF-ATE grant (GEOSTAC) focused on embedding geospatial lessons across the high school curriculum.

Eric Sproles is a GIS and environmental science instructor at Lane Community College and is a CO-PI on the GEOSTAC grant.

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