GIT Ahead


The GIT Ahead Project is a collaborative effort among the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Cayuga Community College, Cornell University, the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology, and New York State Geographical Information Systems Association. The ultimate goal is to help rural and urban high school students see geospatial technology as pathways to relevant, exciting, and high-demand careers, and to create higher education pathways for students who might not otherwise pursue such goals.

GIT Ahead will accomplish these goals through teacher professional development, the development of the Internet-based Finger Lakes GIS Explorer software, and a series of classroom and job–focused GIT opportunities for students. Interdisciplinary teams of teachers will attend a two-week summer institute that will provide training in relevant technologies along with time and support for development of inquiry-based curriculum projects tailored for use in their own classes. Participating students will have opportunities to experience GIT-enhanced units in their high school classes, enter the GIS Associate’s Degree program at Cayuga Community College, and participate in summer internships at the Finger Lakes Institute, the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology, and regional businesses.