It’s one of the fastest growing careers in the US, as more and more companies, organizations and government agencies turn to using its applications in planning and preparations. It’s Geospatial Technology and Kaskaskia College is working to train the next generation of employees who will be utilizing this technology in the thousands of career opportunities it presents. The KC Board of Trustees were given an overview of the program and its opportunities during its recent meeting.
Geospatial Technology is a field that involves the collection and analysis of geographic data. By capturing, storing and analyzing a vast array of data through programs such as geographic information systems (GIS), and global positioning systems (GPS), a Geospatial Technician can develop information for a variety of disciplines and workplace settings. The technology is being used in a variety of fields including law enforcement, agriculture and government service, while private companies use it to develop information to help in rolling out new products. KC currently offers a certificate in Geospatial Technology that is a starting point for any student interested in becoming part of this growing field. In addition, the technology is also being incorporated into several of the college’s current programs such as criminal justice and drafting.
Recently the college held its second annual GIS conference with the Illinois GIS Association and the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence. The college was able to develop the program thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. For more information on KC’s Geospatial Technology Program you can visit their website at www.kcgst.com, or contact Bruce Fink, Professor of Biology at 545-3305.
The college administration has determined that an efficient and effective way to secure needed staffing is through a professional services staffing agency that provides professional level contract employees. Doing so will reportedly provide the college with staffing flexibility while minimizing financial exposure and risk. There are several vacant positions that are crucial to operations. These positions currently include, but are not limited to, professional positions in Information Technology and Marketing. The board approved a proposal submitted by Aerotek, Inc. for the provision of temporary professional staffing services for a 1-year agreement with the option to renew for a consecutive 4 years for a total of 5 years contingent upon the administration’s determination that the firm has performed satisfactorily during the preceding term.
The board approved the 2016-17 tentative budge, and included prioritization for developing a new website for the college, as well as the pre-filing election notice for nominating petitions for the trustee seats that will be up in the April, 2017 consolidated election. The board approved a resolution for the purchase of the Microsoft Campus Agreement Renewal
In personnel matters, the board approved the resignation of Mitch Koester, head baseball coach and approved the retirement of Janet Garretson, Dean of Nursing and Tina Suarez, Professor Early Childhood.
The board also authorized the Veterans Tribute Committee to move forward with the design, preparation of construction documents and quoting process for installation of concrete aprons surrounding the three new walls of the tribute. This construction is fully funded by Veterans Tribute donors, and no college funds will be expended.