TomBaker
Esri Regular Contributor
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February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month. CTE is about helping learners attain skills and the documentation necessary to validate those skills in the workplace. Today, hundreds of thousands if not millions of students take a CTE course (or cross-listed course) to help expand their skills for future use in a potential job.

With the release of the “GIS Fundamentals Foundation” technical certification from Esri, high school and college students have an excellent way to document their knowledge and skills – regardless of the professional path they are on.

In CTE, GIS (or "geospatial" keywords)  are placed in different “career clusters”, varying from state to state. I’ve generated the breakdown below, based on the 2021 K12 standards analysis. Consider these numbers as starting points, rather than data etched in stone.

 

   Clusters >>>               
 Total CTEGen/CoreAg, Food, NRArch & ConstructionArts, AV, CommsBusiness Mang & AdminEdu & TrainingFinanceGov & Public AdminHealthHospitality & TourismHuman ServicesITLaw, Public Safety, CorrectionsManufacturingMarketingSTEMTranspo & Logistics
TOTAL31561641662112121064422843
Percent of states7.8%47.1%13.7%5.9%2.0%2.0%2.0%5.9%3.9%2.0%0.0%##3.9%5.9%2.0%11.8%7.8%
Alabama31 24 4            3
Alaska1 1               
Arizona0                 
Arkansas1119             1 
California11 12  11 11    2 2
Colorado0                 
Connecticut13 11           2   
DC0                 
Delaware1  1              
Florida2               2 
Georgia0                 
Hawaii0                 
Idaho4 4               
Illinois6 6               
Indiana4 22              
Iowa7 7               
Kansas16   1    1  2   11 
Kentucky3 3               
Louisiana7                 
Maine0                 
Maryland0                 
Massachusetts3 3               
Michigan82 351 2  17    3   24
Minnesota5 5               
Mississippi0                 
Missouri0                 
Montana0                 
Nebraska1 1               
Nevada10 62          1 1 
New Hampshire4 4               
New Jersey11                
New Mexico0                 
New York9 9               
North Carolina33                
North Dakota3 1         2     
Ohio19 971       11    
Oklahoma0                 
Orgeon0                 
Pennsylvania0                 
Rhode Island1             1   
South Carolina24 13             11 
South Dakota5 3     2         
Tennessee3 11        1     
Texas23 5     2       214
Utah1 1               
Virginia0                 
Vermont0                 
Washington0                 
West Virginia11                
Wisconsin0                 
Wyoming0                 
                   

 

Nearly every state today has “GIS” in multiple places in their curriculum standards – science, social studies, and CTE. And where you don’t see “GIS”, you can see “Critical thinking”, “problem solving”, “data analysis”, and science or social science “process skills” throughout all standards of learning.  These broad terms are well addressed through data analysis technologies like GIS.

Get your students technical skills that will help their initial employability – and salary.  Regardless of your career cluster or program of study, get a GIS technical certification in their mix of credentials.  Your students will thank you for it down the road.

More information on GIS in CTE. >>

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Geospatial technologies in K-12, higher education, teacher education, and informal learning. Esri Education Team