Learn Geographic Information Systems basics at UW Tacoma

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Learn to create and analyze complex computer-based maps through the six-month Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program at UW Tacoma, starting March 13.

Offered by the Office of Continuing Studies, the program is designed for anyone who wants to develop GIS skills.

GIS technology is growing in popularity, and workers with GIS skills are in demand in a number of fields. The system, a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist and events that happen on Earth, has been put to use in environmental and geographic research, cartography, urban planning, business marketing, emergency response planning and more.

The series is led by Catherine Crook, an engineering technician for the city of Maple Valley. She has taught GIS classes at UW Tacoma, the Department of Forestry Services and Tacoma Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and GIS certification at UW Tacoma.

Classes meet Thursday evenings and some Saturdays. Tuition for the series of three classes is $2,485. To apply or learn more about the program and others offered by the Office of Continuing Studies and the KeyBank Professional Development Center, visit their website or call (253) 692-4618.

The KeyBank Professional Development Center at UW Tacoma offers a wide range of continuing education courses, seminars and workshops for public- and private-sector professionals and groups. The center is made possible by a generous gift from KeyBank and the Dimmer Family Foundation.

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March 6, 2008