Coinciding with school starting up again, let’s showcase just some of the many worldwide examples of GIS education proliferation.
Directions Magazine (an all things location blog) discusses a high school GIS course in Jacksonville, Illinois that provides a chance to fast-track juniors and seniors and dive into a real world application. This one semester class can pay off immensely and inspire the future technology workforce. More school districts should follow suit.
Meanwhile, beginning this month, governments in the Philippines are conducting workshops on GIS and Forest Management. This is indicative of the GIS field’s utility in a broad range of careers.
Cross-disciplinary GIS education of specific tools and techniques “can become crucial components of fields like urban planning, surveying, forestry, anthropology, finance, epidemiology, law, engineering – there’s hardly an application to which geospatial analysis would not be an asset,” Spatial Networks emphasized in GIS in Education: The Good, the Bad, and What’s Missing.
Of course, ESRI highlights several case studies of implementing GIS at all education levels.
Seek GIS Education Opportunities Early
With the rising costs of higher education (outpacing inflationary rates of housing, insurance, oil/gas and nearly every other commercial good), we think it’s a good idea to push science in youth education systems. After all, technology phenoms can find a job without six-figure debt from a college degree, so why not provide more platforms to achieve greatness in middle and high school? Given the rapidly changing technological advancements as workforce demands evolve, competency in computer science and a geospatial skill set will become more valuable assets than formal education to an employer. They already are, in some cases.
Talk to your kids and become aware of GIS education opportunities, because it’s never too early to learn how to properly organize a geodatabase.