The focus of SCSPLS for 2016-2017 is Outreach. We all know the problem with the dwindling numbers of Professional Land Surveyors. SCSPLS is making OUTREACH our mission for the year.
The first step is outreach to the middle school and high school students in SC. Our first event was the 2016 High School STEM Career Fair in Charleston. It provided an opportunity to speak to students that are interested in and excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Although many students were familiar with engineering and architecture, most knew very little, if anything, about Land Surveying as a profession. SCSPLS was able educate this generation about the high potential for jobs in SC using the math and science skills that they are learning now in school. An added benefit of the Career Fair is the ability to meet, discuss and plan with the teachers of SC. SCSPLS received many request for speakers at specific high schools for career day and engineering classes. Finally,
SCSPLS used this opportunity to educate teachers and guidance counselors about the Trig-Star Program.
We look forward to exhibiting around the state at similar events.
SCSPLS is working on setting up apprenticeships in two ways. The first type of apprenticeship is working with Trident Technical College in Charleston to start a paid apprenticeship program for current students. The goal is to introduce these students to the opportunities presented by becoming a Professional Land Surveyor. Allison King is also working with Apprenticeship Carolina to set up an apprenticeship program with high schoolers in the midlands of South Carolina. This is in the early stages of set up, but King hopes it will be implemented by Jan. 2018.
SCSPLS is using its exposure at the SC Legislature to further exposure for our profession and to pass laws to protect the Professional Land Surveyor in four ways.
- SCSPLS is opening the Practice Act to get coverage for Professional Land Surveyors in the event of a disaster. Current SC law covers Engineers and Architects. This year, a bill was introduced to mirror their coverage. SUMMARTY – A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 40-22-295 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO ENGINEER IMMUNITY, TO PROVIDE SPECIFIED IMMUNITY FOR CERTAIN VOLUNTARY SURVEYING SERVICES AT THE SCENE OF A DECLARED STATE OR NATIONAL EMERGENCY AT THE REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR, TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS TO THIS IMMUNITY, AND TO PROVIDE THE CONDITIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THIS GRANT OF IMMUNITY IS APPLICABLE.
- SCSPLS joined the Design Construction Partnership for the Legislative Reception. The partnership included Engineering Organizations – American Council of Engineering Companies of SC, SC Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers of SC, Structural Engineers Association of SC, Carolinas AGC and The American Institute of Architects. The event had to change the date at the last minute because Gov. Haley changed the date of the State of the State address due to her new position of UN Ambassador. Even with the change in date, the event had over 200 attendees with 48 legislators.
- To coincide with National Surveyors week, Governor McMaster signed a proclamation for SC declaring March 19 – 25, 2017 SC Surveyors Week.
- Starting in 2016, SCSPLS declares the Wednesday of Surveyors Week as designating SC Professional Surveyors Day. This year, a house resolution was issued by Rep. Ryhal of Myrtle Beach and a senate resolution was introduced by Sen. Setzler. SCSPLS will be recognized by both sides of the legislature and will have pictures with the sponsoring legislators.
SCSPLS is working hard to introduce the next generation to Professional Land Surveying. It is our goal for more of SC to recognize the need of the Professional Land Surveyor.