NSF Grant Helps Community Colleges Train Geospatial Technicians for Employment in High Growth Industry

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A  partnership consisting of Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), three  other Virginia community colleges, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program based in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment has been awarded a $899,870 grant by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education  Program to support community colleges in their effort to prepare geospatial technicians.

Other participating community colleges include Virginia Western Community College,  Southwest Virginia Community College and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

“We are pleased to be included in this grant as it provides additional opportunities for our students and helps meet the continuing demand for geospatial skills in our region. Our location between Richmond and Virginia Beach gives us a great opportunity to serve a broad area of southeastern Virginia,”  said Chérie A. Aukland, GIS Program Head for TNCC.  (more…)