TCL to offer new courses in geographic information systems | Technical College of the LowCountry

TCL to offer new courses in geographic information systems

March 13, 2014

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The increasing workforce demand for Geographic Information System technicians has led the Continuing Education Division at the Technical College of the Lowcountry to add courses geared toward  geospatial careers.


GIS integrates computer software and hardware to collect, organize, analyze, and display geographically referenced data. Geospatial technologies extend into many fields and are prevalent in both local and federal government agencies, nationally and abroad. The application of GIS can be found in areas as diverse as disease control, economics, marketing, politics, environmental study, utility management, and crime control/prevention, planning, engineering and surveying.


TCL will offer the following GIS courses this spring; registration is limited to 10 students.


Introduction to GIS Part 1

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 15 and 22
TCL Beaufort Campus, Building 14, Room 104

Cost: $515

Learn what GIS is and what you can do with it. Working in the ArcGIS platform, students will create GIS maps, explore and analyze the data behind the maps, and learn easy methods to share maps and analyze results. By the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of how GIS maps and ArcGIS tools are used to visualize real-world features, discover patterns, obtain information, and be able to communicate that information to others.


Introduction to GIS Part 2

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 5 and 19
TCL Beaufort Campus, Building 14, Room 104

Cost: $515

Learn fundamental skills needed to author, share and use geographic information and maps across the ArcGIS platform. Students will learn how to efficiently find, explore, manage, and analyze geographic data and create informative maps that showcase their work. Learn a variety of techniques to effectively share GIS maps and resources with decision makers, stakeholders, and the public.


Dr. Ken Flick, Dean of TCL Business and Industrial Technologies, says these new programs are important to the students and to the community.


“These new continuing education courses at TCL are an exciting opportunity to provide working professionals with enhanced skills and abilities,” he said. “GIS courses further promote TCL’s mission to provide programs in high-demand and fast-growing technical  areas to meet the needs of our residents and its businesses.”


The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the field of GIS will grow between 16 and 35 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is much faster than the average for all occupations


For more information or to register for these classes, please contact the TCL Continuing Education Division at 843-525-8205.

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