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GIS Graduate Profiles

Our graduates have used their experience to secure a variety of employment opportunities and as the basis for their continuing education in GIS and related fields. Take a look at what they are doing now.  We are very proud of them!

Nathan Kosbau

  Itasca Community College: Certificate in GIS; Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree. University of Minnesota: B.S. Applied Plant Science.

Job Title:  Regional YieldPoint Specialist

Sample Job Duties:
  I educate retailers on how they might increase productivity and efficiency with precision agriculture services. We use various GIS systems to specify prescriptions such as variable rate seed, fertilizer, micronutrients, crop protection products, and water by irrigation. I also work with statewide LIDAR information in the process of developing weighted modeling and watershed management applications. 

“ICC gave me the instrumental foundational knowledge to use key skills and problem solving ability to promote my professional development, and build a GIS solution for which a need began to emerge a few years after graduation. The skill sets developed are an invaluable resource which helps relay data management techniques with spatial requirements.”

Nathan Kosbau in corn field

Erin McClenahan

Itasca Community College: Certificate in GIS; Associate in Science (A.S.) Geography/GIS. Bemidji State University: B.S. Geography/ Urban, Regional, Land Use and Park and Recreation Planning Emphasis; Minors in GIS and Geology.

Employer:  Three Rivers Park District
Job Title:  GIS Technician

Sample Job Duties:  GIS services to support the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul Seven County Metro Area and regional park system. Field data collection and GIS/GPS integration using a variety of ESRI, Trimble and Apple platforms and devices. Server and database administration, application and data development, online map compilation.

“ICC gave me exactly what I needed to get started in the GIS field.  They had the equipment needed to learn the program, an internship program that placed me exactly where I wanted to be to learn the type of GIS work I wanted to do after graduation, and an excellent instructor who knew GIS and how to teach the material. If it weren't for the GIS program at ICC I would not be doing what I love today.”

Kim Nelson

  Itasca Community College: Certificate in GIS; Associate in Science (A.S.) Geography/GIS. Bemidji State University: B.S. Geography/GIS Emphasis.


Employer:  Minnesota Deer Hunters Association


Job Title:  Grant Manager

Sample Job Duties:
  GIS has helped me in my position by allowing me to create things such as MDHA membership distributions, chapter locations, regional boundary locations and perform spatial analysis on these layers to provide the best means to increase the overall membership of MDHA. The cartographic representations created are used on a daily basis at MDHA.

“Itasca Community College, especially Tim Fox, has been instrumental in launching my career in GIS. I began in a forestry-related field and later changed my major to Geography/GIS to broaden my employment options. The program is not only challenging, but creates an aspect of creative thinking that I found very unique and fun. When you use GIS, you have to have fun with it!”

 Kim Nelson Head shot

Adam Sutherland

  Itasca Community College: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Natural Resources/GIS. University of Minnesota Crookston: B.S. Natural Resource Management. 

  UPM Blandin
Job Title:  Wood Procurement Forester

Sample Job Duties:
  GIS plays a major role in my day-to-day activities, both in the field and office settings. My position entails the procurement of a continuous supply of high-quality fiber across Itasca and Koochiching counties using state-of-the-art scientific, GIS and silviculture principles. I use GIS to map timber sales, update cover type information, develop roads and skid trails, run property lines and cruise timber. To ensure accuracy and efficiency, we now use onboard GPS in our machinery for implementing timber sales. Foresters of today need to have GIS/GPS skills—they are important when applying for careers in the natural resource field.

“ICC was a great place for me to start my education. The natural resource department was a great fit for a forestry-minded student not looking to live and study in the metropolitan areas required by larger four year schools. The two year degree from ICC (Natural Resource Management/GIS) was the best preparation I could have received for the job I am currently doing at UPM Blandin Paper. My two year degree also prepared me well to go on to the University of Minnesota to finish a four year degree in Natural Resource Management. Transferring credits was very easy and the transition was seamless.”

 Adam Sutherland in the woods

Sherry Watson

  Itasca Community College: Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Natural Resources/GIS.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Job Title: Northeast Region GIS Support Specialist, MN.IT Services

Sample Job Duties:
Participation in GIS project planning; GIS mapping and database management; provision of technical support for a variety of essential DNR functions related to GIS; continued training and research.

"Attending ICC for a degree in Natural Resources and GIS provided me the opportunity to become a student worker in the MN DNR while earning a degree. I was able to work with professionals in the field as I gained experience in GIS. I am thankful for that opportunity and glad to be where I am today and working with such great people."

Sherry Watson Headshot