National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence
Vincent A. Dinoto Jr.
Principal Investigator (PI)
10 Model Courses Are Most Up-to-Date Curriculum
GeoTech Center developed 10 model courses based on the competencies within the Department of Labor Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM). The courses constitute the most up-to-date and workforce-aligned GST curriculum that exists today. Each model course includes lecture notes, screencasts, video components, course outlines, syllabi, assessments, sample assignments, learning modules, case studies, and textual resources.
A dozen colleges deliver the courses face-to-face, online, or in hybrid formats. The center mentors rural, suburban, urban, Hispanic-serving, and Native American colleges.
Since April 2013 its website has had 65,000 views, and nearly 3,000 unique hits from every US state and 147 countries.
Center Uses Geospatial Technology Competency Model To Align Curriculum with Workforce Needs
Since 2008 GeoTech Center has served as the national, unifying voice for two-year college GST programs. The center coordinates collaborations between colleges, universities, and industry to expand the GST workforce by providing professional development opportunities, teaching and curriculum resources, career pathways, and model core competencies for GST technicians and technologists.
As demonstrated by its work with the US Department of Labor on the GTCM, GeoTech Center is recognized by industry as a leader in GST education. The GTCM enables managers and human resource officers to delineate the skills and abilities required by entrylevel GST occupations and academia to align GST curriculum with workforce needs.
GeoTech Center has Memorandums of Agreement with several professional organizations, including the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, AmericaView, US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), and GIS Certification Institute. These agreements ensure that the professional GST community is being certified in the most up-to-date workforce competencies.
The Certified GIS Professional Credential and other certification examinations have been developed in large part by these professional organizations using the GTCM.