Designed for GIST professionals or advanced GIST students who want specialized training in geospatial data acquisition and management, web mapping, and Geospatial Programming. The 9-credit micro-credential provides immediate value and is also part of a stackable GIST pathway; credits from the micro-credential can be applied to the new 24 credit GIST Certificate as well as the new A.A.S. in Geospatial Information Science and Technology at MCC. Or, with sufficient GIST experience, you can complete the micro-credential by itself, or simply take a course or two.
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Geographic technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and online mapping, are increasingly important for understanding our complex world. Geospatial Information scientists and technologists research and develop geospatial technologies. They may produce databases, perform applications programming or coordinate projects. Many also specialize in areas such as agriculture, mining, health care, retail trade, urban planning, or military intelligence.
Earning MCC’s 24-credit GIST Certificate prepares you for the GIST workforce and/or the micro-credential, or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in Geography of geospatial technology. Complete the program in one or two years depending on your life demands. You can also earn the AS in Geography along with the GIST Certificate at the same time!
GIST Certificate includes a 50-hour internship
Projected growth* through 2028 is faster than average. Median wage* for mid-career $50-88K/yr.
* 2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Employers include: EagleView, LaBella Associates, Esri, New York City, MRB Group, local towns
MCC's advanced geospatial classes are taught by experts who have spent years in geospatial education and/or the geospatial profession. You’ll participate in 50+ hours of practical, supervised field experience, so you can apply what you’re learning.
The MCC Mapping Club hosts GIST guest speakers, leads mapathons (humanitarian mapping), and more. By becoming a club member you can share your enthusiasm for mapping with fellow students while immersing yourself even more fully in the subject matter, enhancing your learning experience inside the classroom with engaging opportunities outside of it. For more info, email Professor Jonathon Little.
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