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Monday, September 26, 2016   (0 Comments)
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LTRA Named Ysleta Independent School District Partner of the Month

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) recently named Lina T. Ramey & Associates, Inc. (LTRA) as their Partner of the Month due to their partnership with Riverside High School. The YISD invited LTRA to its Board of Trustees August meeting to recognize the firm and its survey department for its outstanding partnership with Riverside High School. LTRA Survey Program Manager Chris Freeman and LiDAR Services Manager Mark Eder, both members of TSPS Chapter 5 (Dallas), made the trip to El Paso to receive recognition from the School Board (see photo courtesy of Ysleta ISD).

In February 2016, LTRA donated used survey equipment to Riverside High School in El Paso, Texas to support their Architecture Design and SkillsUSA students. The equipment donated was in good working order and will allow students to perform survey tasks including angle measurement and transferring/establishing elevations through differential leveling.

Chris was aware through TSPS channels that the high school was starting a SkillsUSA survey program under the direction of Mr. Salvador Torres. He also had a closet full of some unused survey equipment, so he packed up a couple of boxes to include a total station, level, level rod, prism pole and prism, 100 foot tape, a data collector, and several tripods. The start-up program competed at the SkillsUSA State Survey competition last spring using the donated equipment. TSPS SkillsUSA Liaison Shaun Piepkorn said the Riverside team was competitive in its first contest, and that having another school competing is good for everyone. Chris was very impressed with the gratitude and interest from school administrators, and hopes that the local El Paso survey community continues to assist and support the Riverside High School program and students. Mr. Torres has repeatedly stated he is impressed with the support of the TSPS survey community in assisting his students to understand and learn more about surveying and its role in our society.

Chris suggests that all firms take a look at their old unused equipment that may be collecting dust, and contact the TSPS SkillsUSA Liaison, Shaun Piepkorn, who can help direct the equipment to a needy high school program. Or, work with your local Chapter to identify a local high school that is interested in learning more about surveying. Besides SkillsUSA activities, schools are very active with STEM programs that can easily incorporate survey activities in the learning process.

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