Geographic Information Systems course coming to SPC this spring

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology has been used by real estate offices, mining companies and municipalities for years. Students at Central Arizona College now will have an opportunity to learn how to use that technology through a course offered at its Signal Peak Campus in the upcoming spring semester.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS 198A1) is a three-credit course scheduled for Wednesdays beginning Jan. 23 through May 18. The class will be held from 6-10 p.m. in room V123 of the Pearce Building.

During the course, students will receive an introduction to desktop geographic information systems technology using ArcGIS software. This course will provide its students with the basic skills needed to create, map and analyze geographic data.

From mapping out parcels of land to identifying information about utility networks, this course will guide students as to how to use GIS and make it work for them.

"GIS is a wide-reaching skill set that can benefit you in a number of industries," Jamie White, the instructor of the course, explained. "From determining the location of ore deposits in mines to creating public maps for a municipal government, the possibilities are endless with what you can do with GIS."

White is an adjunct faculty member in the technology division at the Signal Peak Campus. He has been with the college for one year teaching drafting courses at the college as well as developing new degree programs.

White also is an employee of the city of Casa Grande's GIS Department where he specializes in public works projects.

His knowledge in GIS began while studying at Arizona State University where he received a bachelor of science and master of arts degrees in geography in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

To learn more about this course, contact Jamie White at jamie.white2@centralaz.edu. To register for the course, please speak with an academic advisor.

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814