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The GeoTED project will build academic pathways to employment for GIS technicians at partnering community colleges that can serve as models for other colleges. The project team will help community colleges to increase geospatial courses and pathways, provide professional development for faculty, and increase and diversify the future geospatial technology workforce. GeoTED will also expand outreach and training to support faculty in the five-state region. Curriculum will be based on data collected from employers through an extensive workforce-needs survey and analysis.


1) Curricula Alignment with the National Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM):

The GTCM is a collaborative effort between the Department of Labor, industry and education leaders that identifies what skills successful geospatial professionals should have.

2) Distance Learning Courses in GIS:

New courses in introductory level GIS courses that can be shared among community colleges.

3) Mobile App Development:

Location-based applications to improve college administration and create meaningful student projects.

4) Faculty and Teacher Professional Development:

Intensive hands-on workshops, mentoring, and follow-up support to increase the GIS knowledge base of educators.

5) Career Awareness:

Resources for faculty and students providing info on careers in geospatial technologies.

6) Articulation/Dual Enrollment Agreements:

Agreements between high schools, colleges, and 4-year universities to complete the academic pathway.


  • Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC)
  • Virginia Community College System (VCCS)
  • J. Sargent Reynolds Community College (JSRCC)
  • Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC)
  • Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC)
  • Virginia Western Community College (VWCC)
  • Virginia Geospatial Extension Program (VGEP) at Virginia Tech
  • Virginia Association of Mapping and Land Information
  • Systems (VAMLIS)


Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program
NSF-ATE Division of Undergraduate Education (funding pending)