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.

Presenter(s): 
Lynn Songer, Eric Sproles
Biography: 

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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