Digital Quest Develops Geospatial Industry Book Series to Introduce Students to Benefits of GIS in Business & Industry
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Digital Quest Develops Geospatial Industry Book Series to Introduce Students to Benefits of GIS in Business & Industry

October 25, 2007 -- Ridgeland, MS, -- Digital Quest is pleased to announce the development of a new series of course books that examine 16 industry/career clusters to demonstrate how GIS technology impacts and improves those industries. A Geospatial Industry Series (AGIS) will examine the relationship between the particular industry and GIS. In addition, guided lessons and scenarios will give students hands-on experience with a variety of applications of GIS using ESRI’s ArcGIS Software.

The career clusters are based on the 16 Career Clusters developed by the NCTEF/NASDCTEC (National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium) as a means to provide a link between "what students learn in school with the knowledge and skills they need for success in college and careers." (Career Clusters Institute, www.careerclusters.org) The link between education and careers makes this program ideal for students and professionals alike. Since the career clusters encompass all industries that are pertinent to a specific cluster, students can learn what they need to know to begin a career in a variety of industries. Professionals will also find this book useful in defining the best ways GIS can be used in their organization.

The first release in the new series, AGIS Introduction to Geospatial Technology, includes ten lessons designed to demonstrate key concepts, software capabilities, and future opportunities in the geospatial industry. The lessons contain overviews of career profiles including examples of industries and individuals that use this technology. Students will gain hands-on experience using industry-leading ESRI's ArcGIS software in eight lessons that explore agriculture, business, information technology, logistics, public safety, health science, tourism, and technology engineering.

Educators will find the modular design of the course easy to implement in their classroom. Colleges will be able to use this book to supplement existing courses such as: "Introduction to Computers"; "Integrating Science and Technology"; Environmental Education"; "Tools in Business"; and many others. High Schools can integrate this course into classes including: "Project Lead the Way"; "Career Exploration"; "CAD"; and "Technology Education". They series is a perfect fit for any STEM based indicatives with the total time to team this class from 6 to 18 hours. For more information on ordering the Book Series, please visit www.digitalquest.com or call 877-573-6683 x. 225.

"Look for our second book in the series AGIS in Agriculture to be released later this year," stated Eddie Hanebuth, President of Digital Quest Inc. “This book will focus on the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources industry cluster area and will examine the industries involved from animal and plant systems to power infrastructure to resource and agribusiness management.”

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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. Through our partnerships and associations with organizations such as SPACESTARS, Environmental Systems Research Institute, (ESRI), Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS), Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET), NASA, SkillsUSA and others, Digital Quest is able to deliver complete turn-key courses which can be taught by instructors with little or no previous GIS knowledge, and which can provide entry-level GIS technician certification to its students. Digital Quest runs the STARS Geo Apprenticeship Program through the U.S. Department of Labor, the SkillsUSA National Geospatial competition, and the SPACESTARS teacher training Laboratory at the Center of Geospatial Center of Excellence in NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center. Visit the Digital Quest web site www.digitalquest.com or call Eddie Hanebuth at 877-573-6683 ext. 225 for more information.