Geographic Information Systems

A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. This program prepares students to work in high-tech fields, including photogrammetry, cartography, geographical information systems, global positioning systems, and satellite remote sensing. Students learn how to acquire geospatial information from a variety of sources; interpret, use and manage geospatial data for a given purpose; and use geographic information system software for storage, manipulation, and analysis of geospatial data.

Students will receive work based experience and acquire geospatial technical competencies in vector, raster and light detection and ranging technologies. Completion of the GIS certificate will lead to a fulfilling career in GIS!

This program includes a full course in PYTHON! – THE #1 programming language for GIS!

You will learn how to:

  • Create web maps
  • Create GIS online applications
  • Gather data
  • Design maps
  • Write scripts
  • Apply GIS for business

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2017-2018 Program Dates

Internship will begin after program end date.

Part-Time/Online Hybrid (M,W 12–4 p.m.)

  • 08/21/2017 - 09/01/2018
  • 10/16/2017 - 11/01/2018
  • 01/22/2018 - 02/01/2019
  • 04/23/2018 - 05/01/2019

Part-Time/Online Hybrid (M,W 5–9 p.m.)​

  • 08/21/2017 - 09/01/2018
  • 10/16/2017 - 11/01/2018
  • 01/22/2018 - 02/01/2019
  • 04/23/2018 - 05/01/2019

 

Program Cost

 

 

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Earning Potential

Experience: 1-5 years

  • Hourly Pay = $15-$22
  • Annual Salary = $31,000-$46,000

Experience: 5-10 years

  • Hourly Pay = $22-$26
  • Annual Salary = $44,000-$52,000

Experienced: 10-15 years

  • Hourly Pay = $26-$32
  • Annual Salary = $54,000-$64,000

 

To what types of jobs do these skills apply?

  • GIS Analyst/Engineer
  • GIS Specialist
  • GIS Field Collector GIS Mapping Supervisor
  • GeoDatabase Administrator GIS Technician I
  • Assistant GIS Specialist
  • GIS Technician II GeoSpatial Office Technician
  • GIS Trainer
  • GIS Programmer Python Developer I
  • GIS Software Tester
  • GIS Cloud Engineer GIS Project Manager
  • GeoSpatial Services Supervisor

 

What types of companies might hire me?

  • Government: Federal, State and Local, Defense, Department of the Interior, Land Administration
  • Business: Retail, Banking, Real Estate, Manufacturing
  • Natural Resources: Conservation, Environmental Management, Water Resources, Forestry
  • Public Safety: Law Enforcement, Surveying, Public Works, Utilities, Fire and Emergency Services

 

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Upcoming Related Events

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Transitions Orientation
Time: 9:30am
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Water Quality Management Classes Start
Time: 7:30am
Monday, January 8, 2018
New CAD Classes Begin
Time: 7:30am

From our students...

I love Tonya [Tonya Robinson, Instructor], she makes things simple, clear and she makes the topics and long days go by so quickly.  I love that we have an on-site lab.

Brittany Jones
Dental Assisting Student

From our teachers...

GIS is not just one job. Having GIS skills means you can work in any industry from Urban Planning to Health. The world is literally at your fingertips. Everyone uses GIS without even knowing it.

Terry Partridge
Current Faculty