GIS Day at Mesa Helps Students Discover the World – and Future Careers

High school students from Hoover High and Kearny High’s Science, Connections and Technology High School High School will join community college students for an introduction to GIS -- one of today’s hottest new technologies changing the way we live -- when Mesa College hosts GIS Day. The event is part of National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week -- an international forum for users of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. GIS Day at Mesa College will be held in Room K-303 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesday, November 19.

The demand for GIS technicians is explosive. US News and World Report redlists GIS as "One of the twenty Top Hot Job Tracks for the next decade." Participants will learn about career opportunities and introduced to the Mesa College GIS certificate and degree programs, plus participate in ArcGIS and GPS/Google Earth hands-on activities. Three separate sessions are offered at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend at no charge.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are at the cutting edge of today’s technology and a necessary skill in the 21st Century. Involving more than making maps on a computer, GIS is an information system that has the potential to create new knowledge about our world. GIS has been popularized in TV newscasts and films such as Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), and is most commonly viewed on websites such as Google maps and MapQuest.

For young students, it’s also one of the most rewarding career choices to make. Mesa College offers both certificate and associate degree programs in GIS, developed in close collaboration with San Diego State University. The Mesa College GIS program is unique because it is the only program in San Diego County specifically designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as a GIS technician.

 

 

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GIS Day at Mesa College

When/Where: San Diego Mesa College, Room K 303

Three sessions will take place on Wednesday, November 19, beginning at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.