Technology Initiatives


From small satellites and cyber security to geospatial technologies and unmanned aircraft systems, VSGC provides real-world education and workforce development opportunities in emerging high-tech fields.

The Geospatial Technician Education — Unmanned Aircraft Systems (GeoTEd-UAS) project team includes the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), Thomas Nelson Community College, Mountain Empire Community College, Virginia Tech, and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). Visit the GeoTEd-UAS website here.

The low cost and increasing utility of CubeSats present the opportunity to conduct student-based missions that can address many of society’s technical and scientific needs. This includes furthering our understanding of Earth and space science, as well as developing new space technology that will enhance our space exploration capabilities.

Visit our small satellites page here.

The need for ensuring the security of our networks, devices and data has become more critical and the demand for cyber workers more pressing. The cybersecurity field offers high paying, high demand jobs with high worker satisfaction. A shortage of more than 1.5 million cybersecurity workers globally is predicted by the year 2020. (Global Information Security Workforce Study, 2015). Find out more information on our cybersecurity programs here.

Geospatial Technology

Geospatial Training for Educators K-12: A Virginia Space Grant Consortium professional development program for geospatial technologies. For more information, visit our GEOTREK-12 website.

Virginia’s Geospatial Extension Program serves to directly support the role of Virginia’s communities and other stakeholders, by engaging professionals and organizations through technical training and assistance, through the development of educational resources, and through the identification and development of geospatial applications. The Geospatial Extension Program also coordinates with other organizations that have a vested interest in empowering local stakeholders and educators to better support the management of Virginia’s resources.


See the VGEP website for more information.