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Learn basics of GIS through workshop series at UW Tacoma
TACOMA, Wash. – Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is an innovative computer-based mapping tool being used in many ways to benefit the world. Through GIS, information from a database about geographic features can be used to support decision making for planning and management of land use, natural resources and the environment, transportation, facilities and services, and public administration. While UW Tacoma offers a credit-based certificate in GIS beginning in the fall, there is another way for practitioners wanting to expand their skills in GIS. UW Tacoma offers a threemonth workshop in GIS technology through the Professional Development Center at UW Tacoma, beginning April 7. Classes meet in the well-equipped GIS Lab at UW Tacoma. Cost for the 56-hour continuing education course is $1,422. The course is taught by Tom Carlson, professor of urban studies at UW Tacoma. Dr. Carlson is a broadly-trained biogeographer with an interest in using geographic information technologies, such as GIS, remote sensing and GPS, to model landscape change at multiple -- more -UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, TACOMA OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

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scales. Regionally, he has interests in human impact, land tenure, and agricultural issues of the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. To learn more about the three-month GIS credential training, call the Professional Development Center at (253) 692-4618 or go to The Professional Development Center at UW Tacoma offers a wide range of continuing education courses, seminars and workshops for professionals and groups. The center is made possible by a grant from KeyBank and the Dimmer Family Foundation. ###

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