State of Maryland Approves Digital Quest’s STARS Certification for Homeland Security Education Program

September 13, 2007 -- Ridgeland, MS, -- Digital Quest, Inc. is pleased to announce the adoption of its GIS in Homeland Security Course and its flagship product, the STARS Certification, by Harford County Public Schools for their Career and Technology Education Pathway Program for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. This program, housed at Joppatowne High School, is the first of its kind in the nation. It is dedicated to providing students with career skills and technological expertise in the areas of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP).

The HSEP program provides a foundation-level course followed by advance options that include courses designed to advance student knowledge and skills and lead to industry certification and/or college credit. The Information/Communications Technology option prepares students for certification in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as it is used in relation to Homeland Security. Students will generate geospatial maps and emergency response plans specific to their community.

“One of the reasons the Maryland State Department of Education fast tracked this program for distribution throughout the state was our partnership with Digital Quest,” said Eric Cromwell, Coordinator of Accelerated Learning Programs for Harford County Public Schools. “We are eager to implement the GIS in Homeland Security curriculum and the Geospatial Technologies Certification Program.”

STARS (Spatial Technology and Remote Sensing) is a fully developed “turn-key” certification program for high schools, colleges and university as well as career professionals looking to integrate geospatial tools into their on-on-the job skill set. STARS is the first industry-recognized geospatial certification recognized by NASA, the U.S. Department of Labor, and by industry leaders.

“Working with the Digital Quest team was an extraordinary experience, said Cromwell. “For example, when we returned from training at the National SPACETARS training Lab at NASA’s John C Stennis Space Center, we requested a few changes be made to better fit with our specific curriculum. Digital Quest quickly modified their GIS in Homeland Security course to fit our curriculum needs. It is wonderful to work with a group willing to go the extra mile to help our schools be successful!”

The STARS courses for the HSEP program will introduce students to GIS and Remote Sensing technology through academic study and applied instruction and will offer a series of half-credit courses including:
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • Skill-Based Training for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • Advanced Skill-Based Training for Geographic Information Systems, GPS, and Remote Sensing
  • Geospatial Application Project with a Final Certification Exam
“We are excited to have the combination of our GIS in Homeland Security course and the STARS Entry-Level GIS Technician Certification provide the foundation for the Information/Communications Technology option for this innovative program,” said Eddie Hanebuth of Digital Quest.

About Digital Quest

Digital Quest, Inc. is a Mississippi-based development and training oriented company with a primary focus of enabling educational institutions to provide skill training in the new and ever-more vital field of Geospatial Technology. Digital Quest, an active member of the EIGS geospatial technology cluster, is headquartered in Ridgeland, Mississippi and operates the SPACESTARS Geospatial Training Laboratory at NASA’s Stennis Space Center.

For more information about Digital Quest, visit or contact Eddie Hanebuth at 1-877-573-6683, Email Contact.

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