Geographic Information System (GIS) Certificate Program

GIS is a rapidly growing industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, geospatial employment numbers are expected to grow 22% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Increasing use of maps for national security and local government planning will fuel most of the growth. Social media and internet technologies are incorporating maps and geographic information. Additionally, GIS professionals will be needed to ensure the reliability and accuracy of maps produced and updated. Furthermore, job openings will arise from the need to replace workers who retire or leave the occupation.

Professionals in GIS often have careers advising public, private and nonprofit institutions—government, real estate developers, utilities and telecommunications firms—on where to build new roads, buildings, power plants and cable lines, as well as on environmental matters such as where to build a landfill or preserve wetland habitats. GIS professionals also work with police departments to allocate resources in crime-prone areas; public health agencies to locate cancer “hot spots”; transportation planners to unravel rush-hour congestion; and wildlife biologists to map the critical habitats of endangered species.

Salaries in GIS and Geospatial industries range from $40,000 to $85,000 or more depending on geographic region, experience, and occupation within the industry, making it a very lucrative career choice.

Connectivity is now available almost anywhere in the world, as is the ability to determine a location, and to find location information about the people and places that are important to us. Location is powering everything around us. The power of location is growing as an influence on many industries and markets. Professionals who can leverage that information and help weave it into applications and make sense of the “where” factor will be in high demand.

CCSU offers the Geographic Information System (GIS) Certificate Program to provide the kind of high quality education it has become known for as an avenue to gain hands-on experience and knowledge of this valuable skill set. Students will have ample opportunities to explore GIS and acquire the necessary tools to succeed in the GIS industry. Recent graduates of the program have successful careers in both public and private GIS organizations.

The program consists of 4 modules/courses, taught over 2 semesters with course 1 followed immediately by course 2 and course 3 followed immediately by course 4. The program was designed to take a student who has little or no experience or knowledge of GIS and expose them to enough knowledge and hands-on skill to obtain and successfully thrive in a GIS occupation with just about any organization.

The program consists of the following 4 courses:

Course 1- Basic Principles of GIS: A discussion of some basic geographic principles such as direction, coordinate systems, spatial relationships, and geographic thought. introduction to what GIS is and how it works in general; introduction to the ArcGIS environment and ArcMap/ArcCatalog applications; discussion regarding cartography and GIS data and data types; students leave the course able to navigate basic software tools (pan, zoom, query, identify, measure) and create GIS data.

Course 2- Practical Applications of GIS: A discussion of practical applications of GIS in the real world using geoprocessing tools; introduction to the geodatabase data structure; discussion regarding GIS design, implementation, and administration; students leave with basic geoprocessing skills, geocoding, georeferencing, and an ability to create a geodatabase and associated data structures.

Course 3- Advanced Applications of GIS: A discussion of advanced practical applications of GIS in the real world- crime analysis, geostatistical analysis, spatial analysis; students accomplish a personal GIS project that incorporates database design and GIS analysis of their choosing.

Course 4- Web Applications of GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing, and GIS Integration: A discussion of Web GIS, GPS, Lidar, and photogrametry; students will leave the course having created basic web GIS applications and exposure to using internet GIS data sources.

For more information about course content and format, contact:
Thad Dymkowski, GIS Instructor

For information about registration and payment, go to:
Heidi Huguley, Office of Continuing Education
Phone: (860) 832-2276

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