High School Students Explore GIS Day

Selkirk College held GIS Day on its Castlegar Campus last month, opening up new pathways of learning to area high school students nearing graduation. Put on by the School of Environment & Geomatics, more than 30 students visited the campus to learn more about careers related to GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

Joining Trail’s JL Crowe at Selkirk for GIS Day included Nelson’s LV Rogers Secondary, Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries Secondary, Trail Middle School and students from the Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre’s Take a Hike Program. Activities on the day included workshops, industry booths and a lunch.

GIS Day wrap

Selkirk student Ezra Buller walked high school students through some of the GIS options.

“The students were very attentive,” said Selkirk student Ezra Buller who was helping lead a workshop on applications of GIS technology which included a treasure hunt using Google Earth. “It’s a great program to introduce high school students to because these kids are already centered on their technology. GIS fits well into that world.”

Buller is in his final year of an achieving his Advanced Diploma in GIS. The 39-year-old enrolled in Selkirk after spending many years in the forest industry. He saw the School of Environment & Geomatics as a great opportunity to further expand his knowledge and pursue his passion.

The college offers three technical environmental diplomas that lead to an advanced diploma and a Bachelor degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Length of study ranges from two to four years. The program provides specialized training for becoming a geospatial professional with expertise in GIS, remote sensing, 3D visualization and internet mapping technologies.

The GIS Day was co-sponsored by Esri Canada and Columbia Power.

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