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GCIP Interns Help Map the Future for Bartow County
By Michele NeSmith Kennesaw State University student Jacquelyn Waits worked as a GIS intern in Bartow County’s public safety department. As part of her responsibilities, she updated the fire district data and mapped the fire hydrants and roads in the county.
artow County is hosting six Ken ne s aw St ate Un iversit y students t hroug h t heir GIS Department as part of the Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP). The GCIP was developed through a partnership between the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Atlanta Regiona l Counci l for Higher Educat ion (ARCHE) to provide college and graduate school students with opportunities to work in county government. Over 168 students have interned for more than 50 counties through the GCIP across the state. During their tenure with Bartow County, the interns completed mapping and web based projects using GPS (global positioning system) and GIS (geographic information system) technology. GIS is a system of hardware and software used for storage, retrieval, mapping and analysis of geographic data. By utilizing this type of technology, the interns were able to complete projects for numerous county departments. Projects ranged from updating the fire district maps for the public safety department to pinpointing the exact location of crimes against victims for the district attorney’s office. The interns completed projects that benefitted both the county and the public at large. One of the projects that provided greater efficiencies for county government operations involved GPS accessibility. Levi Sexton, GIS Intern, created a reference guide for field use by the GPS unit. This guide provides instructions on how to use the GPS equipment and how to gather the data for future use. As a result, anyone using the equipment can now do so more efficiently. Sexton also worked to develop a GPS application with a software
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