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Cayuga Community College Plans GIS Events

DATE: 02-20-2006

Careers that feature skills in geographic information systems, or GIS, will be highlighted in upcoming events planned by Cayuga Community College and the on-campus Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology.

? At the GIS Community Open House on Thursday, March 23, visitors can work with GIS software, view information displays, and talk with area professionals who use GIS in their work. This free event, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the James T. Walsh Regional Economic Center on the Auburn campus, will include refreshments and door prizes. Adults, college and high school students, and younger students with a parent or guardian are welcome.

? Students and teachers from area middle schools and high schools can sign up to take part in a hands-on introduction to GIS to be held Friday, March 24. Juniors and seniors interested in GIS careers can also attend a noon luncheon at the college with Robert Brower, CEO of IAGT, as guest speaker. Teachers must register their student groups in advance by calling Beth Miller at 315-283-9414.

? High school teachers and leaders of student groups can schedule GIS presentations at their schools. Speakers from Cayuga's admissions office and IAGT will discuss real-world uses of GIS in fields such as criminal justice, environmental science, and business. Educators can request a visit by calling Gideon Lamb at 315-255-1743, extension 2309.

? A five-day Conference on Remote Sensing Education will be held June 26-30 at Cayuga's Auburn campus. Teachers of K?12 students can sign up to learn classroom applications of data collection using the global positioning system (GPS) and computerized map-making. Information on this year's sixth annual edition of the program is available at www.iagt.org/corse.

? The college and IAGT will again offer a weeklong GIS Summer College Experience for high school seniors. Participants will form project teams to learn and use GIS techniques, and each student will receive a college credit. Information on the June 26?30 program is available from the continuing education office at 315-255-1743, extension 2229.