Amidst the ever-evolving job market and the increasingly difficult entrance into California’s universities, Clark Magnet High School is offering its students an edge. The high school is integrating geographic information system (GIS) technology in the context of career and technical education (CTE) to apply a real-life dimension to core subject areas.
Having students become hands-on with their projects and think more globally than just the classroom allows them to explore careers and opportunities they did not previously know existed. With an overall greater interest in projects that benefit the environment, students are empowered and encouraged to really make a difference. The business-driven projects force students to learn teamwork, form partnerships, communicate effectively and manage tasks in ways untapped in traditional core classes.
Clark Magnet students have won over $145,000 in grants and scholarships in environmental science competitions for their distinguished GIS projects. Their accomplishments have commanded nationwide recognition. Their projects featuring HAZUS-MH analyses have even caught the attention of FEMA and the City of Glendale. The City plans to collaborate with Clark Magnet High School to update the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) that is required for the city to be eligible for federal funding.
“The City of Glendale is excited to partner with the students and is extremely impressed with their knowledge and professionalism,” said Glendale Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Godfrey. “It is through this partnership that we will be able to meet our goals and complete the LHMP with the most updated and current information.”
To learn more about these projects and Clark Magnet’s program, read the article published by Clark Magnet teacher, Dominique Evans-Bye: http://www.esri.com/news/arcwatch/0712/gis-a-technology-thats-motivating-students-in-academic-studies.html.