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The SWC GIS&T Program has been funded (in part) via two National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grants (DUE #0501247 and #802408). Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the National Science Foundation.
Seeing the World. Making a Difference
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $5 million grant to Del Mar College (DMC) and project partners through the NSF Advanced Technological Education Program to establish the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence (GeoTech Center) at DMC. The four-year grant period runs through 2012, but has the potential to be extended until 2020 for an additional $8 million. Please visit http://www.geotechcenter.org.
    The grant will allow project partners to establish the GeoTech Center as a means to increase the number and quality of educated geospatial technicians for rapidly expanding fields among geospatial technology industries, which include Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), remote sensing and mobile- and location-based services.
    While the geospatial technology industry is growing, educators and industry leaders still have concerns. “Institutions and businesses are worried that this type of work will be outsourced to other countries. Right now, there’s not a sufficient number of geospatial technicians in the U.S. to meet the demand,” says Dr. Phillip Davis, DMC professor of computer science and principal investigator/director of the new center. “By establishing the GeoTech Center, we can focus on two-year and technical college training across the country and serve as a unified voice for these institutions in the geospatial technology field,” Dr. Davis notes. “We’re also focusing 20% of the grant on outreach efforts that target underserved student populations.”
1) Create a national clearinghouse of exemplary geospatial curricular materials, resources, and national services.
2) Increase the capacity to educate geospatial technicians through new partnerships and collaborations.
3) Increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of geospatial technicians to meet U.S. Workforce needs.
4) Provide a unifying voice for geospatial technology education interests in organizations, industry, and government.
5) Increase the number of community and technical college geospatial faculty and secondary school teachers participating in geospatial professional development.
Southwestern College—San Diego CA
Lake Land College—Mattoon IL
Gainesville State College—Gainesville GA
Century College—St. Paul MN
Kentucky State Technical & Community College-Louisville KY
Central Piedmont College—Charlotte NC
Cayuga Community College-Auburn NY
Central New Mexico College-Albuquerque NM
Penn State-State College PA
San Diego State University-San Diego CA
Del Mar College-Corpus Christi TX
Cal-State University--Chico, CA
GeoTech Center of Excellence