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Cayuga's Summer GIS Week Offers College Credit to High School Seniors

DATE: 03-22-2005

Cayuga's Summer GIS Week Offers College Credit to High School Seniors Cayuga Community College is offering a new GIS Summer College Experience for students who will graduate from area high schools in 2005 or 2006. It's a chance to explore the world of GIS and apply it to a real-life project with future career potential?for college credit.

Students will earn one college credit by completing the five-day program from June 27 through July 1. In addition, the project may meet their high school's service learning requirement. Plus, they?ll learn to operate a handheld GPS unit?and when the program is over, the unit is theirs to keep. Cayuga Community College is one of the few colleges in New York to offer a degree program in Geographic Information Systems. And it's the only community college in the nation that supports a NASA-sponsored Regional Application Center for geospatial technology.

Students in the weeklong college experience can participate in one of three team projects:

Urban Planning

In this project, students will map a network of underground drainage pipes that help prevent flooding and contamination after storms.

Criminal Justice/Public Safety

This track gives students hands-on experience using a GPS device and GIS software to help develop an emergency evacuation program for Cayuga Community College.

Environmental Sciences

Students will gather data on invasive plant species near Cayuga Lake, then download information on growth patterns and environmental effects, in a map to guide future research.

The cost of the entire program is under $400, and scholarship assistance is available. The cost covers tuition for one college credit, course materials including a handheld GPS unit, meals, and transportation to off-campus project locations as necessary. The application deadline has been extended, but space is limited, so interested students should apply immediately through Cayuga's Continuing Education office at 315-255-1743, extension 2229.