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Mapping our Connections. GIS as a Partnership: Flour Bluff I.S.D. Del Mar College Texas A & M University—Corpus Christi. Why Partner?. Bringing all entities together into a cohesive educational environment Helping ensure the effective and efficient transition of students

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mapping our connections

Mapping our Connections

GIS as a Partnership:

Flour Bluff I.S.D.

Del Mar College

Texas A & M University—Corpus Christi

why partner
Why Partner?
  • Bringing all entities together into a cohesive educational environment
  • Helping ensure the effective and efficient transition of students
  • Supporting students in knowing their options
importance of partnership
Importance of Partnership
  • Need to meet industry standard expectations—seek opportunities to offer national level certifications
  • Involve business and government so they support the program and can offer insight to the skills expected
  • Each partner should have an area of expertise to lend to the success of the program
  • Ensure curriculum, goals and objectives match up
the importance of articulation
The Importance of Articulation
  • Help students know they can accomplish post-secondary education
  • Save money
  • Explore their interests early
  • Common economic benefit
  • Avoid wasting time
  • Brings entities together to ensure effective and efficient transition without duplication, holes/gaps, etc.
communicating the message
Communicating the Message
  • Talk frequently with parents, students, businesses, community organizations about the opportunities these programs create
  • Begin talking about the opportunities early—at least by 6th grade
  • Help students visualize what the program can help them achieve
  • One clear voice, one clear message
  • Ensure all your people are on board, understand the message and have common language to communicate the message
flour bluff i s d 6 years
Flour Bluff I.S.D. (6 years)
  • Flour Bluff I.S.D (Initiated in Spring 2002):
    • GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Innovative Course--TEA)
    • GIS II: Spatial Technology and Remote Sensing Systems--S.T.A.R.S. (Innovative Course--TEA)
    • GIS III: Spatial Projects and Community Exchange Lab--S.P.A.C.E. (Innovative Course--TEA)
    • Expanded course content into other academic courses, i.e. Social Studies, Mathematics, Science
    • ESRI-approved curriculum through Digital Quest, Eddie Hanbuth—based at NASA—Stennis Airforce Base, Gulfport, Mississippi
flour bluff i s d continued
Flour Bluff I.S.D. Continued
  • Utilize Arcview and Geodysy Software
  • Utilize national census data, aerial images of Nueces County and satellite images
  • Year 1: Students explore use of software, become familiar with census data and use of pictorial images.
  • Year 2: Students select a school-based project to improve services.
  • Year 3: Students select a community mentor, i.e. and engineer and propose a community-based project to improve services.
  • CISCO Local Academy (training for faculty)
  • ESRI Training through Digital Quest each summer for faculty.
  • Development of TEKS with TEA—now approved statewide and have an avenue for Technology Applications credit
del mar college
Del Mar College
  • Dr. Phil Davis, Del Mar College
  • Initiated GIS-TEK Project and Obtained NSF Funding to support:
    • Track 1--Development of 3 new GIS Courses
    • Track 2—Building GIS Awareness and Training Capacity in Secondary Schools
    • Track 3—Development of new K-16 articulation models for schools, colleges and universities
  • Advisory Committee involving FBISD, CCISD, Del Mar College, TAMUCC, ESRI, Business, etc.
texas a m university corpus christi
Texas A & M University—Corpus Christi
  • Dr. Gary Jeffress, Professor, Geomatics and Surveying Program
    • 4-Year Bachelor Degree
    • One of first in the nation
    • Draws students from Del Mar College and FBISD and other school districts
    • Focus of the program is on preparing engineers who help develop GIS software/applications, surveyors, etc.
joint efforts
Joint Efforts
  • Developed Tech-Prep articulation agreement and now we have DUAL CREDIT!
  • Reviewed and aligned FBISD and Del Mar GIS course competencies
  • Worked to accomplish change through Texas Education Agency to allow GIS as a recognized Technology Application credit course—currently state elective credit only
joint efforts11
Joint Efforts
  • There is some loss of credit between the Associate and Bachelor degrees
  • Graduation requirements between Del Mar and TAMUCC differ
  • The desire is to create a no-loss credit program between Del Mar and TAMUCC
  • There needs to be a way to track the progress of students at FBISD, Del Mar and TAMUCC
  • State funding is based on program completion—community colleges lose some indication of success, if students transfer before completing the Associate Degree
  • Universities do not earn funding for the undergraduate courses, if taken at the community college
  • Getting TEA to recognize the benefit of GIS as a Technology Application course (GIS I)
  • Finding ways to make room in a student’s schedule and graduation requirements to take GIS I, II and III based on the new 4X4 requirements and required 26 graduation credits
  • Students can walk away with industry level certifications
  • Students have exposure to the industry at an early age
  • Students have a clear pathway from secondary through post-secondary
  • The industry has a trained workforce and the economy benefits
  • Dr. Audra Ude, Assistant Superintendent Flour Bluff I.S.D. (361) 694-9220 or
  • Dr. Phil Davis, Del Mar College
  • Dr. Gary Jeffress, Texas A & M University—Corpus Christi