Geographic Information Systems at San Diego Mesa College
GIS Day November 15, 2009
The Amazing GPS Race Logo by ESRI, www.esri.com
GIS Day 2009 Highlights • The Amazing GPS Race • GIS Day Cake a Global Phenomenon • Prizes for Race Finishers • Women in GIS
Inside this issue: The Amazing GPS Race
GIS Day 2010
What is GIS?
Women in GIS
GIS Photo Gallery
Cal Women Tech
What do you get when you bring together 10 teachers, 300 high school students, 20 volunteers, 20 Mesa College Faculty members, all with a desire to use the latest in GPS and satellite technology to race to an un‐ known finish line for prizes? You get ‘The Amazing GPS Race’ and Mesa College Faculty and Students hosted local secondary school students and their teachers on November 18,2009 in a celebration of National Geography Awareness Week and International GIS Day. Students were coached on the basic uses of hand held GPS units, and used satellite technology and clues from math, science and the surrounding campus environment to compete for prizes. By entering the information garnered at different spots around Mesa Campus, students competed in a virtual scavenger hunt, and the finish‐ ers were rewarded with inflatable beach ball world globes to further
satisfy their curiosity about geog‐ raphy and their wonderful earth. The event was held to celebrate GIS Day, and Mesa College was just one of hundreds of organiza‐ tions world wide that hosted events to spread awareness of Geographic Information Systems. Mesa College has courses and certificates that teach one of the hottest technologies of the 21st Century, GIS!
High School Students awaiting their start time at ‘The Amazing GPS Race’
Students display their winnings after crossing the finish
GIS Day Will Return to Mesa College in 2010 Celebrated in more than 80 countries each year in con‐ junction with National Geography Awareness Week . Follow us on Face‐ book and Twitter for GIS updates, career advice and news about all things spatial!
GIS Day Coordinator Michelle Kinzel email@example.com
November 17, 2010
What is GIS?
GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal rela‐ tionships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared. Complex data sets and rich data‐ bases come alive with geographic content and references when for‐ matted in a GIS. Maps allow us to study and shape our world in new and efficient ways. Join the digital mapping wave!
GIS Certificate Program at San Diego Mesa Mesa College offers one of the most comprehensive GIS pro‐ grams in Southern California, in close collaboration with San Diego State University. The two institutions are joint recipients of a major National Science Foundation grant to promote GIS education. Two degrees/certificates are offered at Mesa College:
Certificate of Performance Geographic Information Systems Specialist Associate in Science Geographic Information Sys‐ tems The Mesa College GIS program is unique because it is the only pro‐
gram in San Diego County specifi‐ cally designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as a GIS technician. Students completing the courses in the GIS Certificate or Associate Degree program will have a solid foundation of GIS concepts as well as hands‐on experience with GIS software by completing pro‐ jects that utilize sophisticated GIS functions. For more information on the Mesa College GIS program, courses, or career opportunities, contact Eileen Goff, Program Coordinator, at (619) 388‐2803 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to set up an appointment with the Counseling Department to discuss the GIS Program, call (619) 388‐2672.
"I feel Mesa's GIS program is prepar‐ ing me for a career in the industry. When I started, I had no geography or GIS experience. Instructors Kim Mathis and Casey Cook have helped me learn challenging software pro‐ grams, plan projects, and execute them. I am confident that the GIS skills I am acquiring in the program will be useful in the real world." ‐ Ellery Armstrong, Mesa College Stu‐ dent
Geographic Information Systems at
Women in Geographic Information Science
Raechelle Stokes, Eileen Goff and Laurie Edwards use GPS units on GIS Day.
Women have come a long way baby, and the 21st Century is a great time to be a woman. Career choices and op‐ portunities have opened up in many industries, and male dominated fields are quickly becoming passé as women follow passions and develop their
scientific minds, technical abilities and intellectual capabilities. Women work alongside men in many jobs that a few generations ago would only have been open to male workers. Geographic Information Systems and GIScience is one of the hottest trends in technol‐ ogy and one of the fastest growing career sectors of our society.
sent the academic excellence and technical savvy offered by the GIS Certificate Program. Learn more about GIS as a course, certificate or career at
San Diego Mesa College has teamed up with Cal Women Tech Program, an NSF funded grant that aims to in‐ crease recruitment and retention of women in technical trades. Mesa College has trained and educated San Diego Mesa alumni Debra Stein, Eman many students in this program and we Lee Ramos, of Sweetwater Authority and are proud of the women who repre‐ Laurie Edwards came out to mentor women in pursuing careers in geospatial technologies.
Let Them Eat Cake….GIS Day Cake Maddie Ford, a student of Mesa College’s Culinary Arts contributed her baking skills to the GIS Day Celebra‐ tion and gave us the Whole World (in a tasty package)!
Logo Courtesy of ESRI, www.esri.com
Geocaching Geocaching is a high‐tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, by using satellite
technology and hand held GPS units and then share your experiences online.
Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of com‐ munity and support for the environment.
Learn more at www.geocaching.com
Cal Women Tech Project The National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) was recently awarded a $2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Award from the program Research on Gender in Science and Engineering to fund the CalWomen‐ Tech Project. Through this five‐year grant, Califor‐ nia community colleges will receive expert support and technical assis‐ tance to help recruit and retain women into technology programs where they are under‐represented.
Mesa College was one of eight community colleges selected to receive free intensive training and assistance on recruiting and retain‐ ing women in technology programs in which they are under‐ represented. The primary goal of the CalWomenTech Project is to increase the number of women enrolled and retained in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education courses and certificate programs.
"GIS 110 was one of the most challenging intro‐ level courses I've ever taken. There is much more to the ArcView software (and GIS in general) than I expected, but I find it fascinating and the possible applications are endless. ‐ Beth McCrindle, Mesa College Student
GIS Program at San Diego Mesa College
School of Business and Computer Technology
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