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​PHOTO: MSGISci alumni (L-R) Benjamin Olson and Sean Reseigh at 2018 graduation ceremony


The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing 191 cities and more than 18 million residents. At SCAG’s 53rd Regional Conference and General Assembly in May, two recent CSULB grads and CITT research assistants were chosen as finalists for the prestigious Esri Story Map Competition.

Sean Reseigh and Benjamin Olson, who both recently graduated from the Master of Science in Geographic Information Science degree program (MSGISci), created their story map utilizing a combination of text, images, and powerful geo-spatial data. The multimedia presentation outlines the journey of a fictional student progressing through a career in geographic information science.

Entitled “Driving GIS Career Pathways,” the story map can be viewed at arcg.is/0P1qia. Olson and Reseigh illustrated each phase of their narrative using data such as an analysis of bus routes in L.A. County, and a graphic display of potential jobs available. Drawing from real programs in practice, “Driving GIS Career Pathways” perfectly encapsulates CITT’s Career Pathways Initiatives.

“The SCAG General Assembly was a highly valuable experience,” said Reseigh. “Sharing our story map with SCAG and other students was asignificant career stepping stone for both Ben and me.”

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