Tuesday, July 24, 2007

local GIS job posting

Organization: City of Asheville
Title: GIS Technician
Location: Asheville, NC
Application Deadline: Posted: 2007-07-17

Position Description:
Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding GIS position in a beautiful part of the world? The City of Asheville, in the mountains of western North Carolina, is now accepting applications for a GIS Technician.

This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual with entry- to mid-level GIS skills and experience. Familiarity with street and address data editing will be considered advantageous yet a qualified candidate will possess the ability to apply her or his GIS skills to a variety of municipal functions.

The position will reside in the GIS & Application Services division of the Information Technology Services department and will bolster existing city-wide GIS service offerings.

Please visit www.ashevillenc.gov for details on how to apply.

Associate's degree in computer science, geography, cartography, or related field, and 0 to 2years of related experience, to include demonstrable familiarity with desktop PCworkstations, local area networks, and Internet utilization; and/or any equivalent combinationof training and experience required to perform the essential position functions.

Salary: $30,870.12 - $37,044.19
Weekly Hours: 37.5

original post from GIS Jobs Clearinghouse: http://www.gjc.org/gjc-cgi/showjob.pl?id=1184675988

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Visitors from Valladolid Mexico

This summer, AB Tech was lucky to have visitors from one of Asheville's Sister Cities, Valladolid, Yucatan Mexico. There were 8 delegates from a technical school similar to AB Tech called the Instituto Technologico Superior de Valladolid. There were also 2 visitors from University De Valladolid. This trip followed a trip taken by Dr. Sharon Morrissey to Valladolid to begin a dialogue on how our schools can work together in the future with faculty and student exchanges.

Below - Raul Mendoza Alcocer the Director (like our President) of Instituto Technologico Superior de Valladolid with our own Vice President Dr. Sharon Morrissey pointing at a map of Asheville and Valladolid made by our Geospatial Technology Instructor Pete Kennedy.

Students and Faculty visited the Business Computer Technology Division one morning and learned about all our programs. Below is a slide show of their visit to our deparment. The group visited a Web Technologies class and of course visitied the GIS lab where we showed them maps of places they were visiting during their trip and gave them a short demonstration of some of the Geospatial Technologies we teach here in our certificate program.

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Dr. Morrissey and some others outlined the following as potential future partnership opportunities we will continue to explore with our friends from Valladolid.

(1) A return visit to Valladolid in February 2008 (AB Tech faculty and
students, Sister Cities members), staying with home hosts.
(2) ITSVA exchange students to spend 6 months or 1 year at AB Tech,
studying ESL and/or a curriculum program (hospitality, culinary, engineering,
management/business administration, networking, computer technologies,
(3) ITSVA faculty members to spend 2-4 weeks at AB Tech, shadowing our
faculty members in networking, culinary, hotel & restaurant management, mechanical
engineering, electrical engineering, HVAC.
(4) Mentor ITSVA in development of a Small Business Incubator/Student
Incubator program. (Raul plans to return to learn more about incubator
programs in the US.)
(5) Establish a CISCO Networking Academy at ITSVA.
(6) AB Tech humanities & foreign language students to study abroad in
Valladolid, staying with home hosts.
(7) AB Tech faculty to study the culture, cuisine, tourism industry,
history of Valladolid, staying with home hosts.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Tech Connect finds their way with the help of GPS

Last Friday, the chairperson of Business Computer Technologies, Pam Silvers worked with 10 high school students again this summer through the Tech Connect Program. Building from basic GPS skills the students learned while at AB Tech last summer - the group used GPS to navigate through a frisbee golf course set-up on campus. Geospatial Technologies Instructor Pete Kennedy and Digital Media Technologies Instructor Jonathan Ross were on hand to support with GPS, photography and of course playing a little frisbee golf!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Proposed Fall 2007 GIS course schedule

Check the schedule below and contact me to sign up for classes.

Pete Kennedy
828.254.1921 x289 or email: pkennedy (at)abtech.edu

Asheville - Buncombe Technical Community College offers GIS Certificate

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College currently has a GIS Certificate offered through it's Business Computer Technology Department. This is a 4-course certificate including the following courses:

GIS 111 - Introduction to GIS
GIS 121 - Georeferencing and Mapping
GIS 215 - GIS Data Models
and one of the following other courses:
CIS 110 - Computer concepts
CIS 115 - Introduction to Programming and logic or
DBA 110 - Database Concepts

AB Tech is taking a unique approach to teaching Geospatial Technology by offering classes in the Computer Information Technology Department. This approach will allow GIS, GPS and other related technologies to be taught in the broader context of information systems while capitalizing on existing programs and certificates already at the college in Web Technologies, Database Technologies, and Interactive Multimedia. This certificate provides a strong foundation in Geospatial Technologies with more classes planned in the Database, Web and Multimedia programs.