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COC students excel on land surveying exam

Posted: August 17, 2009 5:26 p.m.
Updated: August 17, 2009 5:52 p.m.
In April, seven College of the Canyons students sat down to take the Land Surveyor In Training (LSIT) exam, a very rigorous test administered by the state and is part of the process to becoming a state licensed surveyor.

All seven students passed the exam, which had a 36.2 percent pass rate.

"I am so proud of each of our students and the tremendous effort and commitment each has made toward attaining their professional and educational goals," said Regina Blasberg, chair of the surveying department at the college. "It is seeing the success of the students that makes teaching so wonderful."

In order to take the exam -- which is only offered twice a year -- students must have completed at least two years of post-secondary education in land surveying, at least two years of land surveying experience, or one year of each, explained Blasberg.

The land surveying program, introduced at the college in fall 2006, was created in response to the community's need for trained professionals necessary to catch up with construction in the Santa Clarita Valley. In June, the program graduated its first student with an associate of science degree in land surveying.

"Our program is designed to get them started on their career path and prepare them for an entry-level position," Blasberg said.

Land surveyors measure and record property boundaries and the topography of the land covered by construction and engineering projects. Surveys are used to establish legal boundaries, prepare maps and exhibits, and are the basis for written descriptions of land tracts that satisfy legal requirements.

Surveyors use mathematical reasoning ability to visualize objects, measure distances, sizes, and other abstract forms. They must be precise and accurate in their work because mistakes can be costly.


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