Group photo with large check at press conference
The Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado presented a check for $250,000 to Colorado Mesa and Western Colorado Community College representatives.


Professional land surveyors’ group donates $250,000 to support new program

The Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado (PLSC) is stepping up with a $250,000 donation to help with start-up costs for a new Land Surveying and Geomatics program at Western Colorado Community College that starts this fall.

“The Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado is committed to improving the educational opportunities available to those who are interested in pursuing a career in land surveying,” said Todd Beers, president of PLSC. “There is an increasing expectation and growing requirement for land surveyors to have postsecondary education and very few programs to provide that education. We are very pleased to be able to support this program at WCCC and CMU. This is a great profession and PLSC is here to support continuous improvement in our ranks.”

Beers presented a $250,000 ceremonial check to Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster at a press conference this afternoon at WCCC, the community college division of CMU.

The new land-surveying program at WCCC will offer both an associate degree and an online certificate. Students who complete the degree program will meet the state education requirements to sit for the professional licensure exam. The certificate program will allow those who already have a four-year degree in any field who wish to become land surveyors to complete surveying classes and meet the educational requirement to sit for the test.

“Currently, there are no accredited land surveying programs in Colorado, either two-year or four-year, and very few in the country,” said CMU President Tim Foster. “We are very pleased to start this program and to do so with the generous support of the professional surveyors’ organization.”

Technology in the field of land surveying has advanced rapidly in the past 20 to 30 years and while that has decreased the number of people needed on a surveying crew, it means the demand for more highly educated and technologically sophisticated surveyors is increasing.

The gift from PLSC will be used to recruit and retain qualified faculty, to purchase new equipment and to support other programmatic expenses.

For more information about the land surveying program, please contact WCCC at 970.255.2670.

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