Rosecrants Plans Study to Explore the Transformative Benefits of GIS and Geography Education on Workforce Development
Ponca City Now - October 3, 2023 6:09 am
Rep. Jacob Rosecrants
OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Jacob Rosecrants, D-Norman, will examine Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geography Education, and its transformative effects on Oklahoma’s workforce in an upcoming interim study.
IS23-008 is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 4th, at 8:00 a.m. in Room 206 at the State Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd.
“As a former middle school Geography teacher, I have unique insight into the power of Geography and GIS education. This study will show the transformative benefits a robust geography and GIS curriculum has on workforce development in Oklahoma,” Rosecrants said. “When we invest in geography education, we are investing in a 21st Century Oklahoma.”
The holistic and integrative skills taught as part of Geographic and GIS education are integral to modern industries and vital to the economic health of Oklahoma. By understanding spatial data and leveraging geospatial technology, professionals in these fields are able to make informed decisions that drive innovation and efficiency.
Experts from critically important industries such as oil and gas, renewable energy, defense and construction will talk about the importance of geographic awareness and systems thinking in their fields. Also scheduled to present are representatives from leading geospatial companies and from the University of Oklahoma College of Atmospheric and Geographic Studies. This study will also feature a presentation from the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education, the preeminent geographic educational training organization in the state, which will show how teachers can instill in their students these critical skills in the classroom.
Key highlights of the study session include:
- Economic Impact: Practitioners across a range of key industries in Oklahoma will highlight the economic advantages of a geospatially literate workforce, including job creation and retaining our existing core industries such as oil and gas and attracting additional high-tech industries.
- Expert Insights: Eminent speakers and educators in the field of GIS and Geography will share insights into the benefits of incorporating spatial literacy into education and the workforce.
- Education Initiatives: There will be a discussion on how potential legislative support for GIS and Geography education programs, which are key components of any robust STEM education, will foster a competitive workforce.
- Q&A Opportunities: There will also be a panel discussion and attendees will have the chance to engage with experts and legislators to address their questions and concerns.
“Through expanding training opportunities for teachers and by providing enhanced educational opportunities in this critical area, Oklahoma has the opportunity to show its commitment to building a future-ready workforce,” said Rosecrants. “I invite all interested stakeholders, including educators, business leaders and my fellow legislators, to attend and contribute to this crucial conversation.”
The study, which is open to the public, will be held before the House Common Education Committee and will be live-streamed at www.okhouse.gov.