Innovate is collaborating with 21 students from Spokane Community College to develop GIS capstone projects with real-world applications. These capstone projects provide students the opportunity to apply skills from their GIS coursework in real-world instances. According to Marilyn Nielsen, an Environmental Sciences Instructor at Spokane Community College, “Creating meaningful map products for community partners allows students to practice independent and creative problem solving, become familiar with organizations related to their career area, and give back to their communities.” This educational opportunity prepares upcoming GIS professionals who will push the field into new and exciting territories while maintaining a focus on users and communities.
In support of this collaboration, Innovate reached out to several of our local clients who expressed interest in supporting this initiative—City of Ponderay, Idaho; City of Moses Lake, Washington; and the Sewer and Water District of Bayview, Idaho—and matched students with projects based on their strengths and interest areas. Projects include street traffic control sign inventory and mapping, parks and green space corridor mapping, 3D mapping value per acre analysis, and digitizing wastewater features from as-built drawings. Innovate staff will serve as mentors for the students and coordinate communications between students and the City and District Managers.
At the end of March, students will present their final mapping products to the managers. We’re excited to not only see the results but to help emerging GIS professionals gain valuable experience working with clients and performing GIS analysis and design. For more information about this capstone collaboration, please contact Innovate’s Jared Yost at email@example.com.