Education & Outreach
National Geospatial Technology Center (NGTC)
IAGT is a one of ten partners across the country involved in the
National Geospatial Technology Center, funded by a National Science Foundation – Advance Technology Education grant. The mission of the center is to increase the capacity of America’s high schools and colleges to provide an advanced technology education to our 21st Century geospatial industry workforce. The primary goal of this project was to develop a vision and plan for a national geospatial technology resource center in order to facilitate the development of curriculum, network technical expertise, and serve as a clearinghouse for products and services that will meet the needs of students, educators, government, business and industry across a wide spectrum of disciplines. These issues included; workforce needs, geospatial core competencies, certification, curriculum, pedagogy, educational pathways (including articulation and internships), professional development, communication geospatial awareness and diversity, globalization and regionalize, future trends and the qualities of a successful ATE Center.
Goals of the Center include:
- Create a national clearinghouse of exemplary geospatial curriculum materials resources and national services;
- Increase the capacity to educate geospatial technicians through new partnerships and collaborations;
- Increase the quantity, quality and diversity of geospatial technicians to meet US workforce needs;
- Provide a unifying voice for geospatial technology education interests in organizations, industry and government; and
- Increase the number of community and technical college geospatial faculty and secondary school teachers participating in geospatial professional development.
GeoTech Center: www.geotechcenter.org