Heritage GIS Technology
"The Birthplace of Geospatial Technology for LCPS!"
What is GIS?
- Geographic Information Systems
- Uses computers and software to organize, develop, and communicate geographic knowledge
- GIS is about visualizing information!
Why take GIS?
- It is an excellent course-to-opportunity!
- The following link to the Department of Labor industry Profile page describes the job market for Geospatial Technology. Geospatial Technology High Growth Industry Profile
- Many students who have had success and interest in the course have found paid and non-paid internships right out of high school and during their college years.
- If you are inquisitive, motivated, good with technology and have a passion for exploration, the geospatial industry is for you!
- The course provides a project-based learning environment
- "Geospatial Technology is one of the fastest growing career fields in North America, with analysis and planning applications in numerous areas." (https://appliedtechnology)
LCPS Course Description (taken from program of studies):
Geospatial science involves the use of geographic information systems (GIS) which integrate hardware,software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically-referenced information. In this course,GIS is used to organize, analyze, and communicate spatial-data relationships. In the first semester,students learn about GIS tools and acquire the essential skills necessary to use GIS software and hardware effectively.These computer/software skills form the foundation of the course and are used extensively as students conduct independent research later in the course.Teacher-directed activities gradually lead to more student-directed research. All students are expected to complete an in-depth research project as a required part of their course work during the second semester. Students may also choose a dual enrollment option offered through a partnership with James Madison University’s(JMU) Department of Geology and Geography.Students have the opportunity to earn 6 college students from JMU while completing the in-depth research project.The project (mandatory for all students regardless of whether they choose the dual enrollment option) requires studentsto apply all skills acquired during the first semester, identify a suitable independent research topic, and demonstrate their ability to complete and present their project to school faculty,members of the GIS community, and JMU faculty and staff.To earn the 6 credit hours,students must meet or exceed the project expectations established by JMU