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 Jan. 31.

Offered by the UW Tacoma Office of Continuing Studies, the program is designed for anyone who wants to develop GIS skills. Students who complete the entire series of three classes will earn a credential certificate.

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 Dr. Tom Carlson, a biogeographer who studies the use of geographic information technologies to model landscape change at multiple scales. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Davis, and has been a geology and GIS instructor in California and Washington.

Classes meet Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuition for the series of 3 classes is $2485. To apply or learn more about the program and others offered by the Office of Continuing Studies and the KeyBank Professional Development Center, visit www.tacoma.uw.edu/ce 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.

January 9, 2008