Geographic Information Systems Program Offered at CSUB

Extended University at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) has added a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate to their available programs, which will start in the spring semester on January 23, 2017. The deadline for applications is January 5, 2017.

"The new GIS Certificate Program is going to provide students with a comprehensive set of geospatial technology skills that will not only lead graduates into a growing career path, but also enhance the careers of our local workforce. Maps, applications, and fieldwork are fun, but knowing how to tell a story or influence policy with that data using GIS technology is even more rewarding," said Chris Schultz, GIS Certificate Program coordinator and instructor. "Geographic information systems technicians are in high demand here in the Central Valley and with no formal training offered locally, employers are forced to hire individuals from outside the

area. CSUB provides an affordable, year-long educational opportunity that will integrate directly into the local GIS community and allow graduates an opportunity to build a career using geography and computers as their guide."

The GIS courses are taught by professionals employed by local corporations such as Aera Energy, Wonderful, and the City of Bakersfield. The program is offered through Extended University, which provides flexible graduate, undergraduate, and professional development programs designed specifically for working adults.

Admission to GIS requires applicants to possess a high school diploma or a general education development (GED) certificate. Potential program participants are not required to be enrolled in a degree program at CSUB.

For additional information regarding the GIS Program and application process, visit the Extended University webpage at http://www.csub.edu/euprofessional or contact the office at 661-654-2441.

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