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June 24, 2016 by Laura Phagan

CWC students to attend conference on geospatial information science and technology

map poster created by CWC student Morgan Robins

Map poster created by Morgan Robins. This map will be entered into the ESRI map competition and will be critiqued by some of ESRI's finest cartographers.

Central Wyoming College students Morgan Robins, Nate Guenther and Regent Cloutier will travel to San Diego with Geospatial Information Science and Technology faculty Jacki Klancher for the Environmental Services Research Institute ArcGIS User Conference June 27-July 1. Robins and Guenther are high achieving GIST students and Cloutier is a recent graduate with a GIST credential.

“All three of these students are highly ambitious and committed to academics,” Klancher said. “They have been hand selected to represent the GIST program and CWC.”

Throughout the week more than 15,000 attendees will converge to visit with employers, educators and users from some of the most contemporary mapping and geospatial database management systems in the business. CWC students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training sessions for GIS and connect with potential employers.

Robins has been entered into a map competition and will present her map at the conference which highlights key finds of CWC’s high elevation archaeology research. Based on last year’s ICCE expedition, Robins made the map for the archaeology program which shows evidence of humans living proximal to the glacier more than 10 thousand years ago.

Klancher will join Christian Harder, a writer and editor for ESRI, with a panel of educators to discuss trends and tricks in GIST education. Harder’s book, “The ArcGIS book 10 Big Ideas About Applying Geography to Your World,” has been beta tested in Klancher classes at CWC. Her advanced GIS class used the book as a foundation for a one day training for new GIS users.

“It worked,” Klancher said. “The students really enjoyed the book and found it very user friendly.”

CWC will also be part of an expo, where they can highlight the role of GIST in archaeology, outdoor education and environmental technologies.

My goal is to have the students profit from the experience and to be able to give the opportunity to demonstrate to potential students the power of CWC’s programs. ”

Jacki Klancher