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Geographic Information Systems

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MCC-Longview: Victor Meledge-Ade, 816.604.2698
MCC-Maple Woods: John Horn, 816.604.3132

This is a professional certificate that gives the GIS user the tools needed to obtain a good job in the field of GIS or to advance in their chosen field. It also prepares students to complete their Associates in Arts (A.A.) degree or transfer to a four-year institution. GIS professionals are found in the fields of city, county and state government, economics, natural resources, conservation, pollution, industry, science, infrastructure planning, public works, transportation, architecture, education, healthcare, travel, and space industry.

Certificate Offered

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Related Degree:

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Geography

GIS means..

  • Mapping global warming over time
  • Predicting and preparing for natural disasters
  • Tracking and controlling wildfires
  • Keeping runways and airways safe
  • Protecting our fish population
  • Preserving our rain forests
  • Sailing safer on the deep blue sea
  • Helping you navigate your auto route
  • Search for missing children
  • Identifying and locating your customers
  • ... and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is GIS?

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a cutting-edge technology capable of capturing, storing, integrating, analyzing and displaying layers of data from a geographic perspective.

What can I do with this certificate?

This is a professional certificate that opens many doors! GIS professionals are found in government, business, economics, natural resources, conservation, industry, science, infrastructure planning, public works, transportation, social services, criminal justice, military, architecture, marketing, health care, travel, and space. With GIS skills, you can enhance your marketability in any field. GIS also prepares you to complete an A.A. degree or transfer to a four-year institution to complete a GIS degree.

Will my credits transfer to another college or university?

Yes, all general education credits will transfer to most colleges. GIS courses may be accepted as electives in a degree program. A committee of GIS professionals serves as advisors for the program.

What is the job outlook for someone in this field?

Job prospects are excellent. There is a demand for GIS professionals in almost every field.

Where can I work?

GIS professionals are employed in government, engineering firms, military establishments, marketing agencies, environmental and health organizations, law enforcement, social-service agencies, private businesses-almost everywhere!