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GIS Certificate Program, August 1-3

Belmont, CA, July 9, 2007 — Notre Dame de Namur University will offer a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Program to aid planning professionals, teachers, and government leaders interested in learning more about GIS and its role in public policy, August 1 -3.

GIS is a software tool which analyzes, compares, and integrates data from a geographic perspective. The system enables users to gain an understanding of how data relates to each other and human activity. Last year, NDNU received a $500,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to support the development of course curricula that use GIS as a learning tool.

The Level 1 GIS Certificate Program is focused on developing strengths in all of the commands needed to navigate ESRI ArcGIS software with a concentration on public policy, city service support, and GIS design and implementation.

"The GIS certificate program is an excellent opportunity for professionals to learn ArcGIS through instructor-led tutorials, independent exercises and table-top scenarios,” said  Kathleen Peila, NDNU’s GIS Program Manager. “Attendees will gain the skills necessary to work with ArcGIS software and implement GIS projects within their organizations. Activities will focus on public policy, geo-database design, infrastructure, urban planning, and social concerns."

The three-day program incorporating conceptual knowledge and practical learning experience will be offered in NDNU’s new state-of-the-art GIS laboratory. Areas explored will include functions and tools of geographic information systems, urban planning applications, GIS design and implementation, geo-database design, metadata, project evaluation, government support, GIS administrative and management issues, and related technologies.

Attendees will learn to use ArcGIS through a series of instructor-lead tutorials; independent exercises, tabletop scenarios and public policy based case studies. Migration from CAD and GIS will also be explored.

Class dates are August 1-3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; lab time is from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuition costs $375 and includes course materials, certificate, and 2.1 continuing education units. Registration ends on July 15. For more GIS Certificate Program information and to register, contact Kathleen Peila at (650) 863-6005 or kpeila@ndnu.edu.