Authors: Emily A Fogarty*, Farmingdale State College SUNY, Michael Minn, Farmingdale State College SUNY, Jeffrey Gaab*, Farmingdale State College SUNY
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: geospatial education, SUNY FSC GIS, geospatial workforce training
Session Type: Poster
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download
According to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, the United States (U.S.) is a world leader in geospatial technology and research, an area that represents a multi-billion sector of the U.S. economy. The industry includes research, technology development, education, and applications to address the planning, decision-making, and operational needs of people and organizations of all types. Regionally a shortage of qualified and skilled workers exists to meet the demands of this fast-growing industry. In order to meet the needs of college graduates and the demands of local businesses, government agencies, K12 institutions and other industries on Long Island and the Greater New York Metropolitan Area, Farmingdale State College (FSC) Department of History, Politics and Geography (HPG) is now offering a new Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This is an applied degree in geography and the spatial sciences that aims to generate workforce-ready graduates who are well trained in the technology, theory, and application of geographic information systems. Our poster will illuminate how a few of the folks in the HPG department at FSC came together to design and implement a (B.S) degree program in Geographic Information Systems. We originally conceived of the program as a generic geography program that would include GIS, combined with a broad global focus. After extensive consultation and revision, including the feedback from local industry, high schools, and nearby community colleges, we transformed the initial ideas for the program into a workforce ready degree.