[gis_info] GIS Certificate Program: Call for projects (UW Professional and Continuing Education)

Arnone, Harvey Harvey.Arnone at seattle.gov
Mon Sep 18 23:45:33 PDT 2017

The UW Professional and Continuing Education's GIS Certificate program is gearing up for the 2017/2018 academic year.  As in the past, we are preparing for this year by soliciting team project ideas from potential sponsors around the region.  If you have a project idea that might be a good fit for the students of the GIS Certificate Program, we'd love to hear about it.

Here's a little bit about what would make a good student project:

  *   Size:  should be appropriate for a 3-4 (maybe 5) student project team
  *   Schedule:  projects really kick into gear January 1st, though some planning takes place during the months prior to this.  Deliverables are completed and handed over to the sponsor in June.
  *   Content:  the project should involve more than just data development in order to give the students a good learning experience.
  *   Sponsorship:  some of our best projects have been real-world practical projects from organizations around the region. These projects are typically efforts that the organization has wanted to do, but until now was unable to address due to limited resources.
  *   Time commitment for sponsors:  this does not need to be a great impact from you.  Some students interview their sponsors to understand the needs and requirements and then work independently from that point forward.  Other projects have very active sponsors who meet several times with the student team, review documents, provide feedback, and receive periodic status reports from the team.

I have found that many organizations have perfect candidate projects in tasks that have been lingering on the back-burner for some time.  Using students, it is a great way to get some of these small  projects done and at the same time provide valuable experiences for the students.  In terms of quality, many of our project have been very successful and professionally executed.  Several have won awards over the last several years. Overall we received positive feedback from our sponsors and a few of them have gone on to hire some of the students.

If you have any questions or project ideas, please feel free to contact me. Here are the details that we
would need to get started:

  *   Sponsor name and contact information
  *   Name of proposed project
  *   Description of proposed project (a short paragraph is ideal)

Ideally we would like to hear your idea by the mid-October as the students will begin discussing projects the first Monday of November.  However, if you think of a project later than that, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks ahead of time. Please feel free to forward this to others as you see fit.

-Harvey Arnone
   Instructor, GIS Certificate Program (UW Professional and Continuing Education)

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