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The Geospatial Technologies Talent Consortium (GTTC) proposes a MPT grant program, “Integration of GIS in High School Curricula to Enhance STEM Career and Learning (GIS-STEM-Career).” A Geographic Information System (GIS) is composed of the hardware and software that allow for computer-based analysis, manipulation, management and visualization of location-related data, which is called geospatial data. GIS provides many tools for solving problems and answering questions for almost all business and industrial sectors that involve data of real-world locations. GIS, remote sensing and global positioning system (GPS) are together called geospatial technologies. GPS, remote sensors and GIS are integrated to drive autonomous vehicles, which strongly supports Michigan’s competition to be the autonomous vehicle capital.
Four Phases of Porfessional GIS Certification Pathway
One-year hybrid GIS technical training led by university GIS professors and GIS professionals in local businesses and community organizations.
Four or six months hands-on internship working on the GIS projects designed and requested by our consortium business members.
One-semester college GIS courses.
Two month preparation and passing the ESRI Certification Exam.
GTTC Pre-internship Courses New(1) ArcGIS Pro Software Fundamentals
(2) Mapping, Visualization, Analysis and Management of Geospatial Data
(3) Emerging Geospatial Technologies and Skills for Internship in Computer Information & Civil Engineering. This course teaches the specific skills and techniques needed for the successful completion of internship assignments with participating employers, which focuses on geospatial technologies applications in computer system, transportation, civil engineering and community revitalization, which are dominant GIS businesses in Southeastern Michigan.
(4) Emerging Geospatial Technologies and Skills for Internship in Freshwater Studies. This course has the same goals as Course 3, but with an emphasis on geospatial technologies applications in fresh water studies, industry, and environmental health, which are hot GIS topics in Grand Traverse City Region.
The GTTC PROJECT provides students with professional GIS/T training and opportunities to gain work experiences in local organizations as Interns.
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The four goals for this GTTC projrcts are:(1) enabling students to have highdemand and high-wage career experience through accomplishing GIS internship projects in businesses; (2) to earn Industrial GIS Certification (ArcGIS Desktop Entry-level Certificate) through competency-based GIS instruction and hands-on experience through GIS internship; (3) to have options earning university concurrent/dual enrollment and early-middle college credits; and (4) providing professional development opportunities in GIS for teachers who can integrate GIS as learning and teaching tools in the STEM courses.
Several members of the GTTC consortium were instrumental in designing and delivering the NSF GRACE GIS/T professional development model and industry mentor support that will be utilized in the GTTC program.
MiCAMP – Michigan Communities Association of Mapping Professionals (http://micamp.org/) is primarily
responsible for organizing GIS professional mentors, placing student interns, and leveraging community
support to establishing regional learning clusters in cooperation with MMSCN.
MiSTEM works with the GTTC program to connect young minds with valuable course experiences. A collaborative effort is made to reach an end objective of preparing students for a fascinating future in the Michigan workforce. "Established by the MiSTEM Advisory Council, the MiSTEM Network was created to make STEM learning more accessible across the state and position more Michigan students for career success in our rapidly changing economy." - The Department of Labor and Economic Oppurtunity.
Contact information for the Wayne RESA MiSTEM Network is as follows: Dr. Greg Johnson, Ed.D., Ed.S Director, Wayne Regional STEM Network Wayne Regional Education Service Agency http://mistem.resa.net/ https://www.facebook.com/WayneRESAScience/
Michigan Works through Southeastern Michigan Community Associations (SEMCA) and Livonia Service Center (Livonia Michigan Works – ESDI Solutions contracted with SEMCA) will deliver training on essential ‘soft-skills’ for workforce entry. Teachers will be utilizing this training in concert with Michigan Connect/Training Connect Program career coaches to support their participating students prior to, and throughout their internships
EDUCATION PROVIDERS - Eastern Michigan University, Northwestern Michigan College will offer GIS courses and the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) provides training for industry and education alike through their ESRI Academy.