SCAG 2022 Student Showcase

Submit Your Idea for an ArcGIS StoryMap!

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is excited to announce a major opportunity for college and university students in the region. The 2022 Student Showcase is a storymapping competition that challenges students to think innovatively and compete for cash prizes in two award categories: Best in Show and Audience Awards.

Student participants are invited to conceptualize, create and submit ArcGIS StoryMaps using SCAG’s open data. This is a meaningful way to tell a story or provide insight, showcase plans and projects, engage supporters and stakeholders, illustrate the possibilities of data, and highlight the usefulness of open data at the regional level.

Students are instructed to submit abstracts of their projects by Feb. 22, and if selected, SCAG will request an ArcGIS StoryMap to be submitted. In all, there will be a total of $6,000 awarded (one $2,000 first-place prize and one runner-up $1,000 prize each per category).

For more information on the 2022 Student Showcase, including the program guidelines, visit

CA GIS Council Education Workgroup Survey

The Education Workgroup of the California GIS Council is interested in gaining an understanding of how we can benefit the larger GIS Council and provide a bridge between the professional GIS community and the education community. Specifically, we are looking to 1) obtain input from current GIS professionals to inform specific aspects of curriculum development in the geospatial science fields, and 2) develop better connections between professional opportunities and students, faculty, and researchers.

Please consider participating in this short SURVEY (5-10 minutes). Your responses will not be visible to council members outside of the Education Workgroup, but we will compile them and share anonymous summaries at a later date. Your responses will be saved automatically, so you can return later to edit them.

Survey closing date is February 28, 2022

Questions? Please email:

We thank you in advance for participating. We really appreciate your time and input!

  • California GIS Council Education Workgroup

Rio Hondo GIS Classes Spring 2022

Rio Hondo College GIS Courses are scheduled for both online and hybrid with field exercises this spring semester starting January 29th.  Courses include Introduction to GIS, Intermediate GIS, (Surveying w/) Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Cartography, Crime Mapping and Geospatial Programming (Python) and our new course taught by instructor Sean Christian PE is the GIS for Public Works (GIS222).

For more information on GIS and Rio Hondo visit here and list of course schedule here

Imagery Capabilities for Government

Every month, the Esri State & Local Connect webinar series brings you 45 minutes of content you need to know, from the people who are dedicated to helping you succeed with GIS. This month the team is taking a deep dive into imagery capabilities for state and local government. 

The diversity and volume of imagery and remote sensing data are growing rapidly. Drone, aerial, and satellite imagery and other types of remotely sensed data are opening new frontiers in nearly every facet of government. In this webinar, we will showcase how the latest imagery capabilities can provide communities with greater insights into nearly every aspect of operations, from urban planning and natural resource management to event management and disaster response.

Click here for more info and to register. Past webinar recordings can be found there too.

Rio Hondo College GIS

Rio Hondo College GIS Courses are scheduled for both online and in the field this fall starting August 23rd.  GIS labs on campus are available for use.  Fall courses include Introduction to GIS, Intermediate GIS, (Surveying w/) Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Cartography, Crime Mapping and Geospatial Programming (Python).  Furthermore, the campus GIS labs are currently available on campus. For more information visit

Imagery MOOC

ESRI has a new massive open online course (MOOC) on Imagery. If you’re interested in test-driving ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online, ESRI’s new cloud-based imagery product, or seeing how to bring drone-captured imagery into ArcGIS Pro for visualization and analysis, this no-cost course is a great opportunity. The course is from August 11 to September 22, 2021 and is free. Check it out and sign up!