San Andreas High School held its second Quakes Technology Innovation (QTI) business alliance meeting informing invited educators, community leaders and local government officials of the success of its Geographic Information System (GIS) career training program and the planned launch of a new career pathway program emphasizing electronics and radio technologies.
The QTI program uses a partnership with Esri GIS technology and the city of Highland to provide students hands-on GIS training that can be used in GIS and other technologically related fields.
After classroom instruction and using GIS to assist in English and social studies courses, the students take walking field trips to put what they learned into action. The students use the Esri technology, their newly learned skills and a reflectivity tool borrowed from the city of Highland to map and record data on the city’s street signs, streetlights, fire hydrants, graffiti, potholes and curbing.
The program requires that the students prepare and present their activities and progress to community leaders in business alliance meetings, the first of which was made to the city of Highland, said senior Abraham Herrert.
Herrert shared that the program has made a positive impact on his life and studies.
“I was a hacker and used technology for the worst and now I use it to better the community,” he said.
Herrert plans to go to San Bernardino Valley College to continue his learning and pursue a career in GIS.
Following the QTI presentation made by Herrert and Richard Hale, Principal Ed Hensley and math teacher Paul Braiman announced plans to launch a new career pathway focusing on electronics and radio communications.
Hensley shared that he and the school staff are very excited to be adding the program in the next few weeks, one they feel nicely compliments the GIS program. The school has already purchased HAM radio equipment.
The program was inspired by Braiman’s own background in radio and electronics and he will teach it. It include courses in basic electronics, components and training in HAM radio operation. At the end of the program students will have the opportunity to test for an FCC amateur radio operator’s license.
“I really want to see more STEM opportunities at San Andreas,” Braiman said. “I want to see kids discover and explore with this stuff because there’s a lot of it in the world, and these are skills that are going to help with critical thinking and problem solving. They can explore technology careers as this is a gateway to the subject. There’s also a lot of benefits to communications that don’t require the Internet.”
Briaman also shared that the students can even put their new radio skills to practice in the field by communicating with the GIS students on walking field trips.