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. Allstudents 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 creditsfrom JMU while completing
the in-depth research project.The project (mandatory for all
studentsregardless of whether they choose the dual enrollment
option) requiresstudentsto apply allskills 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