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Geospatial Institute Prepares BSC Faculty Member to Deliver Geospatial Technology Training in the Classroom

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    Friday, August 02 2013
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(Bluefield)—An intensive weeklong workshop focused upon geospatial tools has equipped Bluefield State College faculty member Erik Baldwin with a greater understanding of technologies he can now pass forward to his Civil Engineering Technology students.

The Geospatial Institute, an initiative of the Virginia Community College System, provided training for faculty from Virginia and surrounding states (and high school dual-enrolled teachers) in the application, use, and integration of technologies like GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing). "These technologies and applications support the collection, analysis, and interpreting of spatial data," Baldwin explained. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified Geospatial Technology (GST) as a high growth industry, particularly in Mid-Atlantic states where one of the largest, best-trained geospatial workforces in the nation resides.

"The Department of Labor notes that the tremendous growth of GST is limited only by the educational system's ability to provide future workers," the BSC Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Technology added. "Through the Institute, I met many geospatial professionals and had the opportunity to work with a variety of geographic information systems. Additionally, computer sessions were supplemented with field work and mapping exercises."

"As a result of attending the Institute, I have a better grasp of how to introduce our students to the numerous GIS technologies utilized by engineers and technicians," Baldwin continued. "Introducing our students to GIS components will help them develop another skill set that is steadily increasing in complexity and demand."