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New GIS courses offered at BSC in response to industry needs

Posted on 11/9/2011

Bismarck State College starts new courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training Nov. 14 in response to regional employers preference for Environmental Research Institute (Esri) certification.

Focused on current workers, the training at BSC's National Energy Center of Excellence involves three courses that range from basic to advanced levels using ArcGIS software.

"These new GIS classes are a great example of BSC's nimble response to industry needs," said Larry C. Skogen, BSC president. "The classes allow us to be a partner in advancing the industries that drive our region's economy."

Esri-certified instructor Aaron Norby works at the Bismarck office of Kadrmas Lee & Jackson, an engineering company that has offered GIS training to KLJ employees and the public in the past. Norby is a member of the BSC Geographic Information Systems program advisory committee. He also has taught GIS and Esri-certified professional courses at Austin Community College in Texas.

Norby said the training works well with business intelligence computer techniques used in identifying and analyzing business data. GIS has many other applications including natural resources, engineering, oil pipelines, coal and insurance industries, airport design, precision farming, real estate, county and state agency work, homeland security, and more.

"Employers like to see Esri certification," Norby said.

Desktop I: Getting Started with GIS (16 hours) provides foundational training for using a GIS. Desktop II: Tools and Functionality (24 hours) emphasizes ArcMap and ArcCatalog skill building. Desktop III: GIS Workflows and Analysis (16 hours) develops skills in how and when to apply ArcGIS tools to create efficient workflow. Students receive a certificate at the end of each course.

Classes are scheduled monthly and begin with Desktop II: Tools and Functionality Nov. 14-16. Desktop I: Getting Started with GIS is Dec. 1-2. Desktop III class takes place Dec. 15-16. Registration is limited to 16 participants. A spring schedule begins Jan. 25.

BSC Continuing Education, Training & Innovation coordinates the GIS training through its Business Training - Technical/Industrial services. Find the registration form and more information on the BSC website.

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