Community college boosts science program

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Historically, the natural resource program at Colorado Northwestern Community College has encompassed four main areas: natural resource management and careers, marine science and oceanography, fire science and graphic information technology systems.

Conrad Stanley, the new natural resource instructor at the college, said he wants to introduce more students to GIS.

Students pursuing GIS studies at the college are well-prepared for entry- and mid-level positions in many disciplines, including business, park management and energy production, Stanley said.

Because GIS maps by incorporating landmarks, it's a leading analysis tool for many agencies.IS is used by state, federal and local governments and by real estate developers, farm services, surveyors, emergency service agencies and land planning, among others.IS also is used to identify threatened species in natural areas and assist in forensic investigations.

The GIS program is undergoing extensive changes, say college officials. The new network will allow for student training in a "real world" laboratory setting.

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