Ten students from NOVA’s GeoSpatial Technology (GST) program attended the ESRI Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Federal User’s Conference held 22-24 February 2012 at the Washington, D.C. convention center. NOVA students were joined by 9 Centreville High School seniors enrolled in James Madison’s GeoSpatial Semester program. Students attended technical workshops on GIS applications and learned about the exciting developments in geospatial technology. Students got to see first-hand the many applications of geospatial technology across the federal government. Examples ranged from modeling the loss of sea ice in Polar Regions, to forecasts of crop yields, to homeland defense. NOVA students also staffed the college’s booth on the trade-show flow, discussing NOVA’s GST program with more than 100 interested individuals. The conference proved a great opportunity for students to practice networking skills, and get resumes out to potential employers.