GeoTech Consortium of Western New York (GTCWNY): Get the GIST!  

Vision and Mission
The GeoTech Consortium of Western New York (GTCWNY) will support the use of Geospatial Information Science Technology (GIST) in high school classrooms through professional development for educators and development of dual credit opportunities. Monroe Community College’s new GIST certificate program consists of a eight core classes. The recomended GIST Certificate Course sequence is available online.  Five of these courses are current and three are modified GeoTech Center courses. The GIST certificate program is be based on the new Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) 2014 and feedback from the local GTCWNY advisory board.  The GIST Certificate provides students with internship and employment opportunities with regional industry to fill high wage, high demand GIST positions.

Objective 1: MCC’s GTCWNY program will embed GIST content into secondary STEM disciplines through professional development of high school teachers.
Objective 2: MCC will develop dual credit opportunities for high school students within 50 miles of the College.
Objective 3: GTCWNY team will build a credit based geospatial certificate program.
Objective 4: Using a Capstone course, MCC’s GTCWNY program will expand college students’ GIST opportunities in regional GIST markets.
Objective 5: MCC full and part-time faculty will be involved with professional development (e.g., externships).

Get the GIST Certificate Video (3.5 minutes)

In the News
The Democrat and Chronicle wrote an article about GIS Scholars and their connection to our GIST program (Feb 2016). 

Field Equipment Available 
Participating teachers can request to borrow ipads to conduct field work.  Please complete the form and email Jon Little and/or Heather Pierce.

Sample GIS Activities

Geospatial Professional Development Opportunities:

Upward Bound / EOP Exercises (July and August, 2018)
Each exercise took about an hour.  Three groups of students went through these exercises to be introduced to the fielf of mapping. There were over 30 high school students that participated!

<> Collecting Data Exercise
<> Introduction to GIS, GPS, and Mapping Exercise
<> Severe Weather Mapping Exercise
<> Volcano Mapping Exercise

Reunion Workshop (Aug 22, 2017)

<> Aug 22 (2017) Agenda, PPT, and Digital Field Paper Activity (Part 1, 2 and 3, and part 4)
<> Spring 2018 Interested in 1-on-1 ipad (field work) PD, please email us.
<> DUAL CREDIT - Please contact Jon Little @ or Heather Pierce @

COHORT 2 (2016-17)
<> Aug 16/17 (2016) Agenda and workshop activities
<> Fall workshop Oct 19 Agenda and workshop activity 
<> Sample GIS Activities

<> Geograph Awareness WeekGIS Day Activities at MCC (Nov. 2016)
<> Spring 2017 Interested in 1-on-1 ipad (field work) PD, please email us.
<> DUAL CREDIT - Please contact Jon Little @ or Heather Pierce @

COHORT 1 (2015-16)
<> Aug 19/20 (2015) Agenda and workshop activities
The Aug 19/20 workshop has filled!  If you are interested in participating in cohort 2 (summer 2016), please email Jonathon Little @  The New York Geographic Alliance is hosting a geospatial workshop Fri, Aug 21.
<> Oct 28 (4:30-7 pm) Agenda and workshop activites
<> Nov 18 (Noon-1 pm) GIS Day @ MCC Agenda
<> Sample GIS Activities
<> Spring 2016 Interested in 1-on-1 ipad (field work) PD, please email us.
<> DUAL CREDIT - Please contact Jon Little @
<> Dual Credit Promotional Video by Steve Fedor and his Digital Earth section



Contact: Jonathon Little

Heather Pierce

The GeoTech Consortium of Western New York is funded through the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Advanced Technological Education under Grants Award # 1501076 to Monroe Community College.  Thanks to the New York Geographic Alliance (NYGA) for their web support.   Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.