This dynamic trio has been working with crime data to complete a variety of projects this semester for the Washington College GIS Program. Dana Devore is a senior Environmental Studies major minoring in Biology and Philosophy here at Washington College. She got interested in the GIS Program because she knew that the skills she could develop would aid in the Environmental field and make her marketable for graduate programs. Dana had not worked with ArcGIS software prior to GIS, but has gone through training and is now working as a crime analysts. Allie Gorman is a junior History major with a minor in German at Washington College. In her search for a campus job, GIS was the perfect fit for enhancing her skill set. She has been working at GIS since the summer of 2011 and has worked on anything from digitizing to contributing to the Historic Easton 3D project. Allie is now more focused on crime mapping and analysis. Kendall Rich is a junior at Washington College majoring in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Justice, Law & Society. Her interest in criminal psychology guided her to a job as a crime analyst here at the GIS program to broaden her knowledge in the field. Kendall completed a 2013 summer course in crime analysis and mapping to develop her ability with ArcGIS software prior to starting work this semester. Together, the three amigas have combined their skills to map crime throughout the state of Maryland.
In a blog iabout Hillary Clinton’s free college tuition proposals, columnist Suzanne McGee notes Washington College’s Dam the Debt and George’s Brigade initiatives as among the few examples where colleges are putting their own money on the line to help students graduate with lower debt loads.