Massachusetts Community Colleges and Geo-coding

Geo-coding is a process used in mapping software to place points on a map from street addresses. A list the address of community colleges was researched by looking up community college websites through and transcribing them into an Excel spreadsheet. Arc GIS then took the spreadsheet and placed each address onto the map and gave a spacial reference to each. Additional data on Massachusetts hospitals was added and analyzed.

Additional Analysis

Many community colleges in Massachusetts offer certificate training programs in various fields. It’s common for students to take classes during the day and work at night at the place they plan to use their certificate at. Many of these certificate programs involve positions at hospitals. The bottom map shows community colleges that are within 1 mile of a hospital that would be a quick commute for students who want to go to school while they earn seniority at a nearby hospital they plan to work at.