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Technical Design - GIS Technology Certificate of Completion

This program will introduce students to the process and procedures and software used with Geographic Information Systems. Students will learn to identify and collect data from a variety of sources including public data bases and field surveys, as well as paper, and digitized raster and vector documents, filter and isolate appropriate information, and produce graphic information applicable for a specific purpose.

Advisor / Program Contacts

Full Time Faculty
(360) 475-7393
Full Time Faculty
(360) 475-7389
Full Time Faculty
(360) 475-6552

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:

  1. Perform entry level work as a GIS Technician.
  2. Identify and apply basic GIS techniques and methods as required in the workplace.
  3. Design and create geospatial maps using GIS software.
  4. Perform basic database analysis using GIS software.
  5. Devise database schema required for addressing geospatial problems.
  6. Develop customized user interfaces appropriate for geospatial investigations.
  7. Appropriately incorporate GPS, CAD, and historical paper-based record data into a GIS framework.
  8. Identify geospatial problems and the requisite method, or set of procedures needed to address the issue.
  9. Construct a clear, presentable cartographic product that addresses a geospatial issue. Understand the software/hardware requirements for implementing a scalable GIS.

Required & Prerequisite Courses