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These essays were authored by faculty in preparation for the Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce workshop to be held in June 2013. Participants were asked to describe how their program prepares students for the workforce, areas in which alumni are employed, and the knowledge and skills that have been most important in supporting success.

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Preparing Students for Careers in Geology at NWMSU
C. Renee Rohs, Northwest Missouri State University
C. Renee Rohs, Northwest Missouri State University The processes that we use to prepare students at Northwest for careers in geology and related fields are embedded in the coursework and field experiences from ...

A growing major in Earth Science at UCSD
Geoffrey Cook, University of California-San Diego
Geoffrey Cook, University of California-San Diego We have a relatively new (since 2007) undergraduate program in Earth Science at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The program is unique in that it is ...

Geosciences program at Midwestern State University
Rebecca L. Dodge, Midwestern State University Midwestern State University (MSU) is a small (~6,000 students) largely undergraduate institution (~90%) in north Texas; we are Texas' only state-funded liberal ...

Geology program at Juniata College
Matthew Powell, Juniata College
Matthew Powell, Juniata College Juniata College is a small (~1500 students), residential, undergraduate-only liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania. Our geology department, which has existed since 1968, ...

Career Preparation in the Earth Systems Undergraduate Program at Stanford University
Kathleen Phillips, Stanford University
Kathleen Phillips, Stanford University The Earth Systems Program is an interdisciplinary degree and our students are interested in a wide variety of careers ranging from academia to non-profits to finance. Given ...

Developing a Curriculum that Allows Students to Reach Career Objectives
Lynn Dudley, Florida State University
Lynn Dudley, Florida State University The environmental science bachelor's degree program at Florida State University housed in the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) contains a B.S. ...

Training the Future Geoscience Workforce at the 2YC
Shelley Jaye, Northern Virginia Community College
Shelley Jaye, Northern Virginia Community College The US Geological Survey (USGS) headquartered in Reston, VA, approached Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in September, 2011 with a proposal to partner in ...

SUNY Oneonta: Workforce Preparation for Majors in Geology, Water Resources, Earth Science and Meteorology
James Ebert, SUNY College at Oneonta
James Ebert, SUNY Oneonta As a multidisciplinary Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, we provide four majors for our students: Geology, Water Resources (hydrogeology), Earth Science and Meteorology. Each ...

An Earth Science Curriculum By Design
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
David Mogk, Dept. Earth Sciences, Montana State University The Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University, recently implemented a top to bottom revision of its curriculum. We are a department that ...

The apprenticeship model in the atmospheric sciences
Rebecca Haacker, UCAR
Rebecca Haacker-Santos, , University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric and Research Sciences (SOARS) is positioned to complement our partnering academic ...

Development of student skills and employment by graduates of the FHSU BS Geology program
John Heinrichs, Fort Hays State University
John Heinrichs, Fort Hays State University The BS program in Geology has been offered by Fort Hays State University for over 40 years, almost entirely through on-campus instruction and organized field experiences. ...

Preparing STEM Educators
Shelley Jaye, Northern Virginia Community College
Shelley Jaye, Northern Virginia Community College The Noyce Scholarship Program George Mason University (GMU) NSF Program Award Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Research Subaward NOVA Annandale has ...

Preparing the Next Generation Atmospheric Scientists
Sen Chiao, San Jose State University
Sen Chiao, San Jose State University Preparing students for the workforce: The department's undergraduate curriculum meets and exceeds the federal requirements for employment as a Meteorologist as well as the ...

Transitioning Undergraduates from Students to Geoscientists for Successful Employment
Megan Pickard, Brigham Young University-Idaho
Megan Pickard, Brigham Young University-Idaho The geology program at BYU-Idaho has been a 4-year program since 2001. We currently have 178 majors and 6 full-time, tenured faculty, and 2 temporary, full-time ...

Geological Sciences at SUNY Geneseo and the Challenge of Balancing Breadth, Depth and Growing Enrollment
Ben Laabs, SUNY College at Geneseo
Ben Laabs, SUNY College at Geneseo "The primary mission of the Department of Geological Sciences at SUNY Geneseo is to prepare undergraduate students for a successful life after graduation by providing a high ...

85 years of Geosciences at Pasadena City College
David Douglass, Pasadena City College
David Douglass, Pasadena City College The Geoscience program at Pasadena City College began in 1927 primarily in response to a need for a greater number of trained geologists in the local workforce - namely the ...

Workforce Preparation at Texas A&M's Geosciences Programs
Kate Miller, Texas A & M University
Kate Miller, Texas A & M University The College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University offers a comprehensive set of programs in the geosciences including a full suite of degrees from the bachelors through ...

Next Generation Career Competencies via Interdisciplinary Professional Projects
Phyllis Pouyat Thibodeau, World Learning/ Graduate Institute @ DC
Phyllis Pouyat Thibodeau, Chesapeake Career Consulting LLC Essential to any educational process is to clarify "learning objectives". Typically objectives are defined by educational institutions, based on ...

A Summary of Career Preparation for Ithaca College Environmental Students
Chris Sinton, Ithaca College
Chris Sinton, Ithaca College The Environmental Studies and Sciences (ENVS) department at Ithaca College is housed within the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College. The department offers a BA in ...

The Geosciences and a Career in Business
Gerald FIne, Boston University
Gerald Fine, Boston University I write not as a member of a geoscience department, but as a geologist who leveraged his training into a long and varied career. I graduated from Amherst College in 1980 with a B.A. ...

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