Interactive Workshop on Spatial Technologies for Career & Technical Education

September 11, 2009 in Denver, Colorado

Sponsored by the Colorado Community College System, Colorado Geographic Alliance, and ESRI


Spatial technology is incorporated into many aspects of our work and life. Geographic Information Science involves the use of various cutting-edge computer-aided technologies in areas that include manufacturing, medicine, communications, planning and agriculture. It represents a commercially viable area in which employers require a steady supply of well-qualified practitioners. However, demand for geospatial technicians in the United States is growing faster than the pool of qualified candidates. As a result, there is a growing need for two-year colleges to partner with high schools in designing spatial technology career pathways that lead students through well-planned secondary course sequences and into articulated two-year postsecondary programs. The creation of this secondary-to-postsecondary “pipeline” of students is critical to the success of producing enough qualified technicians to meet industry needs.

In an effort to support and promote the inclusion of geospatial applications in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Colorado, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), the Colorado Geographic Alliance (COGA) and the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.  (ESRI) will be offering a free one-day interactive Workshop on Spatial Technologies for Career and Technical Education at the Colorado Community College System Lowry Campus in Denver.

CCCS supports secondary and post-secondary CTE programs in the state of Colorado. COGA supports geography education in elementary and secondary schools and is funded by the National Geographic Education Foundation and the Colorado Geographic Education Fund. ESRI is the world leader in GIS, supporting those making daily decisions with GIS in education, business, government and other sectors.

Workshop Information

September 11, 2009, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Colorado Community College System
8 a.m. – 12 noon
Lowry IT Building 758, Rooms 138-140
1059 Alton Way, Denver, CO
12 noon – 3 p.m.
Lowry Conference Center, Building 697
1061 Akron Way, Denver CO

(Optional hands-on session to work with GIS – assistance provided
for your GIS-based projects – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

Purpose of the Workshop

  • To inform participants about career opportunities and the growing need for geospatial technicians.
  • To demonstrate, through hands-on activities, interactive lessons that can be used in the classroom
  • To frame opportunities to create new secondary-to-postsecondary programs in geospatial technologies and/or to infuse geospatial instruction into existing technical programs and STEM courses.
  • To provide participants geospatial resources for planning and implementing geospatial education at their institutions.

Who Should Attend?

  • Secondary/Postsecondary CTE Administrators and/or Instructors – learn how to create new secondary and post-secondary programs in spatial technologies or to infuse spatial technologies into existing IT, Communications, Health, Manufacturing and Agriculture programs!
  • Secondary STEM Coordinators/Instructors – learn how to enhance existing science, technology, engineering and math courses!

Registration Instructions

To register online, please visit

Registration deadline is August 31, 2009, and is limited to 50 participants. The workshop is provided free of charge. Participants are responsible for any travel and lodging. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided the day of the workshop. All registrants will receive a registration confirmation e-mail with an agenda, map, directions and hotel recommendations. Registrants will also be placed on a mailing list to receive additional workshop information and updates.

More Information

Pat Sagrillo
CTE Special Projects Coordinator
Colorado Community College System