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US teens ask board for GIS class

GIS may not yet be undestood by everyone, but four Dallastown Area High School students have endorsed adding a course on that subject to the school’s curriculum.

The students are now in a Geographic Information Systems course at the William F. Goodling Regional Advanced Skills Center in York, and recently asked the school board to bring such training to the high school.

Seniors Josh Douglas, Devon Kraft and Brett Carr told the board that GIS is important for everything from making a road map, to tracking West Nile virus in York County, to plotting military strategy. High school principal George Jones also said the course is important. In September, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao awarded $4.9 million in grants to train workers for careers in GIS as part of the Bush administration’s High Growth Job Training Initiative.