On July 23 the GeoTech Center was awarded the Innovation Award, one of four awards presented as part of 2014 High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) held in Chicago.
HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with Educating America’s Technical Workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy.
The event is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and produced by a consortium of NSF Advanced Technological Education centers (map, like the GeoTech Center) and projects. Here's what the organization provided about the award.
Innovative Program Award
Recipient: Vincent A. DiNoto, Jr., National Geospatial Technologies Center of Excellence (Jefferson Community and Technical College)
The GeoTech Center develops model courses in geospatial technologies, supports efforts to inform the geospatial community of the current and forthcoming shortage of qualified geospatial workers, and encourages promising students to embark on careers in geospatial technologies. A national map of geospatial programs at institutions of higher education, residing on the GeoTech Center website, highlights the vastness of recent programs and the recent increase in institutions that have made geospatial coursework available and have established programs.
The GeoTech Center has established a Community of Practice to link geospatial students and professionals into a single force dedicated to the success of the industry. This is critical, as in 2006 the U.S. Dept. of Labor declared the geospatial technologies sector an “emerging growth industry.” The GeoTech Center took this declaration seriously and made it their mission to carry out the initiatives of the U.S. Dept. of Labor by working with them in 2010 to create the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM), which has become the standard for employees and employers in the profession in assessing geospatial skills sets and making the geospatial technologies sector a tried and true occupation.
The Center presented one paper at the conference: Update Plan for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model.
Interestingly, the GeoTech Center won the same award in 2009 (press release).