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Hello,
I am a senior computer science major and I am looking into learning GIS technologies; I know very little about GIS but I heard it’s an exciting field; I need your advises in terms of getting the adequate training I need to be marketable; I heard there are a lot of learning centers out there but I am looking for the best schools or training centers in the New York or New Jersey area; Thank you very much.
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Hi Desire,

I'm not sure on GIS, but Penn State University has a very good programme for cartography, which covers quite a bit of GIS as well.
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Hi there

I have a degree in Environmental Science and a one year diploma in GIS from a local tech college. I realize you are based out of the States but if you need a comparison for any program you are looking at, I would say to take a look at my tech college's program. It was a lot of programming and project management and a tough slog for 9 months, but the BCIT GIS program is one of the best in Canada as are Fleming and COGS's programs as well.

GIS Advanced Diploma Program, British Columbia Institute of Technology
www.gis.bcit.ca
Vancouver, BC, Canada

There are also 2 other very good programs out east that my classmates had also heard about.

Fleming College, Lindsay, ON (near Toronto)
http://www.flemingc......ation Systems

COGS, in Nova Scotia.
http://www.cogs.ns.ca/index.html

This website has a list of programs in the States, Canada, and other countries as well.
http://www.institute...rtificates.html


IMHO, a good GIS program is about 9 months long and has a mix of programming, software training, and project management courses and offers some industry experience. It should also be able to offer courses in Autodesk and ESRI products as they are the two biggest GIS software companies in north America.

best of luck.
Carlos

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Hi there

I have a degree in Environmental Science and a one year diploma in GIS from a local tech college. I realize you are based out of the States but if you need a comparison for any program you are looking at, I would say to take a look at my tech college's program. It was a lot of programming and project management and a tough slog for 9 months, but the BCIT GIS program is one of the best in Canada as are Fleming and COGS's programs as well.

GIS Advanced Diploma Program, British Columbia Institute of Technology
www.gis.bcit.ca
Vancouver, BC, Canada

There are also 2 other very good programs out east that my classmates had also heard about.

Fleming College, Lindsay, ON (near Toronto)
http://www.flemingc......ation Systems

COGS, in Nova Scotia.
http://www.cogs.ns.ca/index.html

This website has a list of programs in the States, Canada, and other countries as well.
http://www.institute...rtificates.html


IMHO, a good GIS program is about 9 months long and has a mix of programming, software training, and project management courses and offers some industry experience. It should also be able to offer courses in Autodesk and ESRI products as they are the two biggest GIS software companies in north America.

best of luck.
Carlos

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I personally went to Fleming and completed the Cartographic Specialist program, and I can tell you that the experience there was great. The level of detail and the amount of work that I did in the program really astonishes me. You get through so much material, but at the same time, you're learning alot of great things, almost everything you would want to learn about cartography. Almost all the projects were applicable and they try to make it as practical as possible. If you are interested in more of the programming and applications side of GIS, then you will definitely have your work cut out in the Applications Specialist program. Lots and lots of programming in .Net, C++, a bit of Java, some Oracle db design, etc etc ... It's definitely one of those programs that will help you get a job. I am friends with a few guys from the AS program and they all have good positions at various companies and even some government positions.

COGS is a good school as well. I know a few people who went there and they are doing very well. I was about to go there, but decided to go to Fleming instead. I think either way, more specialized education in a specific area will help you focus your interests.

good luck!




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