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Friday, May 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Robert L. Banzhoff Jr., L.S.
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Things are coming together.  We have a unique opportunity as surveyors in Maryland, the likes of which we have not ever seen before.  We should prepare now to be poised to move on this once in a lifetime chance.


What am I talking about?  Well, let us look at our current situation.   We lament the “Graying” of the profession, and have been trying to institute programs to deal with it.  Mike Boyce and his associates have been working to heighten our profile through their TrigStar efforts (supported by the Society) by exposing high school students to surveying.  Bryan Haynie (ably assisted by the Baltimore Chapter and others) carries on the work he and T. J. Frazier started on Workforce Development.  The Maryland Society of Surveyors Educational Trust (MSSET) has worked tirelessly to further survey education in the state.  Furthermore, we have established a chapter of Young Surveyors in our Society which has been chaired and very actively promoted by Jeremy Burns.  We have had our eyes on this situation and have been taking action on it for a good while now.  So, what has changed?


What has changed is this:



Tuition at Maryland community colleges will be provided for free (or to look at it another way, subsidized by the state) for a large number of resident students beginning in 2019.  Supplies, books and fees are not covered by this legislation.  


I propose an action item to the MSS Board of Directors, which I will submit for their consideration at the next Board meeting.  The proposal is this: that the MSS, in conjunction with the folks all previously mentioned and also with the current Survey Technology Program coordinator at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) develop a messaging campaign to make potential candidates aware of a golden opportunity.  The chance exists for a young person right out of high school to go to CCBC and take the Survey Technology program for the degree (at no tuition cost). Then, being extremely hireable, he or she should have several choices of places to work in the profession to acquire the minimum 6 years of requisite experience to qualify to test for licensure.  With proper planning and good mentoring, a person could easily obtain professional licensure before reaching the age of 30.  This is a powerful message which could be transformative to our profession.  Needless to say, we are not likely to be the only group thinking this way. We must try to get our message out there before everyone else gets the same idea.


As always, I remind you that this is YOUR newsletter. If you have content to submit, comments to make, or any other contributions to offer, please submit to me or to Ebonique Ellis


Thank You,



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