UMaine Machias Students Learn Valuable GIS Skills
On March 31st, the Bangor Daily News featured an article on UMM's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs. The article appears in the BDN's "Perspective: Living" custom publication.
MACHIAS — Jobs await students enrolled in the GIS programs at the University of Maine at Machias.
In fact, the job demand is so great, “we would love to have more students in our programs,” said Tora Johnson, GIS Service Center director at UMM. “The labor market is tough everywhere, especially in Maine, but these skills give our graduates an edge. In the current economic market, people with GIS skills on their resumes are out-competing other job seekers.
“Many people in the geospatial industry in Maine will be retiring over the next 10 years and will need to be replaced,” Johnson said.
Geographic information systems (GIS) is a technology found everywhere from a car’s GPS-based onboard navigation system to a laptop’s Google Earth. At UMM, “we teach more than strictly GIS,” Johnson said. “We teach and utilize GIS geospatial technology and geospatial science.”