July 22, 2016 --- The National Science Foundation Advanced Technolocial Education (NSF-ATE) program recently awarded the Geospatial Technician Education -- Unmanned Aircraft Systems (GeoTEd-UAS) project. The nearly $900,000 NSF-ATE project grant will support the team to build on the work of previous GeoTEd projects and integrate UAS and GIS into community college curriculum.
Thomas Nelson Community College, Mountain Empire Community College, Virginia Community College System, Virginia Tech, and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium are partnering on this new project to develop and build academic pathways in UAS at Virginia's community colleges. Faculty professional development and mentoring and some precollege student activities will also be components of the project.
The project will officially begin August 1, 2016 and a DACUM panel will be convened in late August to assess the current knowledge and skills needed by UAS operations technicians.
A new and expanded GeoTEd-UAS website will be coming soon!
Please see the GeoTEd-UAS press release for more details.
The GeoTEd website serves as a gateway of information for community college faculty, students, and others interested in supporting the development of a geospatially literate workforce. This Portal was developed through the Geospatial Technician Education Through Virginia's Community Colleges (GeoTEd) project (NSF-ATE DUE-0903270/DUE-1205110) .
Geospatial Technology (GST) is a rapidly expanding industry that crosscuts nearly every discipline and sector of the U.S. economy. Geospatial technology is a broad term referring to geographical information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing (RS), and emerging technologies and applications that support the collection, analysis, and interpretation of spatial data. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) identified GST as one of 14 industries being transformed by new technology and requiring new skills sets for workers in 2004. The DOL Initiative states that the tremendous growth potential of GST is limited only by the educational system’s ability to provide future workers. This website serves to facilitate the efforts of Virginia’s Community Colleges through the development of a future workforce to meet industry demands for trained GST technicians.