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Maryland Society of Surveyors has been supporting NSPS’ nationwide campaign regarding surveying and geospatial workforce development.

 

To view more details on this program, click here.

 

This initiative is designed to help attract the next generation of professional surveyors and technicians.  That program begins with a letter-writing campaign by state surveying societies, as well as by local chapters and individual surveyors and firms.

 

On the NSPS website, a new page for workforce development has been created.  On it are two sample letters to urge state and local workforce agencies to place a focus and emphasis on the surveying and geospatial workforce.  The first is a sample letter that every state surveying society is urged to use to send to its state Career and Technical Education (CTE) office. Here is the letter former MSS President TJ Frazier sent today to Maryland's CTE official.

The second sample letter should be used by chapters of state affiliate societies, or individual surveyors and/or surveying firms, to send to their local workforce development board and office. Included on the top of the letter is a link to every local workforce board across the nation. 

This is the first step in a NSPS effort to attract more individuals into a career in surveying.  The Federal government provides more than $2 billion to state and local government for workforce development and career and technical education through the Departments of Labor and Education.  These letters are a way for state and local surveying organizations to tap into the benefits of those funds.  

Every MSS chapter should write their local workforce board using the directory and sample letter outlined above.

Please send a copy of your letter to Bryan Haynie so we can track our efforts.

Not every CTE office will have the means or desire to establish a future surveyors program like the one referenced above, but there are other ways to reach out to the younger generation to talk to them about surveying.  Rob Kundrick, Chairman of the MSS Appalachian Chapter, recently gave a one-hour presentation to students at Frederick County’s CTC that included some hands on time to get the students interested.  

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