Feature Friday: Geospatial Technology

Posted by Emily Smith on 11/5/2021 11:00:00 AM

Geospatial Technology:  A Career Mapping the Globe

Are you a high school student with a passion for contributing to the geographic mapping and analysis of the Earth and human societies as a career?  Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) has the perfect program for you to demonstrate those skills!

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Open to high school students starting in their junior year, Geospatial Technology introduces experiences leading into a Geospatial pathway. Students will study the use of geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing (RS), and mobile technologies. 

Geospatial Technology is a two-year program, providing two credits.  While students study GIS, GPS, and RS, these technologies allow students to explore and analyze the natural and human-made world. Students use various tools, processes, and techniques to create, store, access, manipulate, and revise data to solve human challenges. These experiences employ real-world spatial analysis models and guidelines for integrating, interpreting, analyzing, and synthesizing data, focusing on such technologies’ implications and limitations. These experiences also include interfacing with network-based data management systems. Students will have the opportunity to earn Dual Enrollment credit through James Madison University while taking this program.

Students may earn the CTECS Workplace Readiness Certification by completing the Geospatial Technology program. Students may be eligible to continue their geospatial training after completing high school through a post-secondary education program.  

Contact your school counselor for more information if you are ready to begin mapping locally and globally with geospatial tools.