Overview and Logistics

Workshop Goals

This workshop explores the components of a successful transfer of a geoscience major from a 2YC to a 4YC/U. In particular, the participants in this workshop will be able to

  • Know how to prepare a geoscience major to successfully transfer from a 2YC to a 4YC
  • Describe 4YC geoscience programs that are available in IL
  • List the careers that IL geoscience graduates typically go into
  • Describe the preparation students need to be successful in those careers

Date and times

Friday, November 8, 2019 from 8 AM to 4 PM in Student Center (Acrobat (PDF) 194kB Oct14 19)on the Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove Campus. Get directions to the Sugar Grove Campus via Google Maps


We ask that participants bring a laptop or tablet that connects to the internet

Each workshop participant is expected to:

  • In advance of the workshop
    • complete the registration form answering all questions. This helps us design a workshop that focuses on the needs of each participant.
    • If you have it available to you, please bring information about your former students; where they transferred and what they are currently doing. If all you have are your personal observations, that is OK.
    • If you have suggestions for courses that geoscience majors should take at your 2YC, either as a formal 'major' or 'guided pathway', or informal, please bring them. You might find a current catalogue to be useful.
    • There are 3 papers in the private workspace for this workshop that provide interesting background information on 2YC/4YC transfer. The ideas and conclusions will be useful during the workshop activities and discussions. You will need to have a valid SERC account to open this workspace.
  • During the workshop
    • We ask that you participate in all activities, from the beginning of the workshop at 8:00 am to the end at 4 pm.


This workshop is free to participants, thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please let David Voorhees know of any dietary restrictions (dvoorhees@waubonsee.edu). Vegetarian options will be provided.


Registration is open to any instructor, adjunct or full-time, in the disciplines of Earth Science, Geology, Geography, Meteorology, Oceanography or Astronomy at a Two-Year College in Illinois. We will limit the workshop to the first 24 participants, so register early! Registration will close 1 November.

Registration Form

Facilities, Directions, and Parking

Waubonsee is located in North-Central Illinois, north of the town of Sugar Grove and west of Aurora. We are on Route 47, just south of I88. Personalized driving directionss can be generated from google maps

The workshop will be held in room 106 of the Student Center (Acrobat (PDF) 194kB Oct14 19) on the South side of campus. There is free parking very close (S1 and S2 on the map). If you are interested, the Geosciences are on the second floor of the SCI (Science) Building on the North side of campus. Here is a map of the campus (Acrobat (PDF) 194kB Oct14 19) showing the Student Center.


Hotel Name





Holiday Inn Express & Suites

111 N. Broadway
Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 896-2800

· Walking distance from Two Brothers Brewpub and Tavern

· Approximately 8 miles from campus.

$129 before tax

Ask for the Waubonsee discount for 15% off

Holiday Inn Express

2424 Sullivan
Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 806-7400

· Approximately 5 miles from campus.

$115, $125 with breakfast

Hampton Inn

2423 Bushwood Dr.
Aurora, IL

(630) 907-2600

· Approximately 5 miles from campus.

Right off I88

$129 plus tax, includes breakfast


Food is provided by the workshop. Please let us know if you have preferences or food allergies.