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Geospatial Information Technology

The purpose of the Geospatial Information technology (GIT) Program is to provide technical skills to use geo-referenced data for the purpose of economic, educational, and social development of Native American communities. The technical skills are achieved through short, intensive courses as well as regular, trimester-long courses, and community based demonstration projects at SIPI.

Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) takes the locations of our lives and maps them, utilizing methods and technology from Geography, Mathematics and Computer Science. SIPI’s GIT students learn skills to help them work in a variety of fields. Our students work on exercises ranging from resource management to economic development to homeland security. SIPI’s GIT program prepares students to enter the workforce and to be leaders in their communities. The GIT program also offers research internships, where students research a wide range of topics.

SIPI’s science and technology building houses state-of-the-art computer facilities, laboratories and classrooms that provide excellent teaching and research facilities, which combined with practical training, make the GIT program unique among community colleges.

If one enjoys science and computers, one can make a significant difference and have a well-paid job by choosing a career in geospatial information technology. One can be a part of efforts to conserve, manage and improve resources such as wildlife, fisheries, forests, rangelands, and water, or go to work for businesses analyzing their target markets, product distribution network, or financial lending patterns. SIPI students in GIT obtain a sound academic foundation and get extensive real-world experience.

GIT graduates are well prepared to transfer their Associate of Applied Science degrees to four-year universities and complete their Bachelor of Science degrees. SIPI has transfer programs in place that help students complete the transition to their four-year school. Career opportunities for students in geospatial fields are excellent. Most graduates are employed by federal land management agencies, local tribes, or local industry.

Mission Statement


The purpose of the Geospatial Information technology (GIT) Program is to provide technical skills to use geo-referenced data for the purpose of economic, educational, and social development of Native American communities. The transfer is achieved through short, intensive courses as well as regular, semester-long courses, and community based demonstration projects at SIPI.

Goals


The geospatial industry has been identified by the Department of Labor as a high-growth industry. SIPI offers two different programs in geospatial technology: an Associate of Applied Science degree and a certificate in GIT.

The associate in applied science degree prepares students to enter the geospatial industry at an entry level position with a solid basic understanding of the principles and practical aspects of geospatial technology. These technologies are taught as they related to a wide range of fields, including Natural Resources, Renewable Energy, Land Management, Business and others, enabling students to find employment in a variety of fields. The GIT program also prepares those students who want to pursue further education in GIT or related fields at a four-year university.

The certificate program enables students to complete a certificate and then pursue the AAS degree program in GIT or in other degree programs and acquire enough credits in GIT to work towards GISP certification. The GIT certificate program is also designed so people already in the tribal workforce may easily obtain certification in a minimal amount of time with fewer overall hours.

Associate of Applied Science Degree and Certificate Program

The Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) Program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Certificate in GIT. The Associate of Applied Science degree in GIT is a course of study over five trimesters designed for students who want to enter the fast-growing field of geospatial information technology. This program prepares students for a career in GIT by learning the processes used in data capture, editing, and analysis. Students take a variety of classes including GIS/GPS, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The graduates are prepared to enter into either entry-level technical positions or four-year institutions for further education.

The GIT Certificate Program prepares students who may be already working in another field of study and using GIT to become certified as a Geospatial Information Systems Professional (GISP). This course of study enables the student to complete the GIT course work in a minimal amount of time with fewer background requirements.

Goals:
  • Students will pursue GISP certification through the Geospatial Information Systems Institute (GISP)

  • Students will pursue employment in the GIT field or in one of the many related fields supported by GIT including natural resources, engineering, business, renewable energy to gain experience needed to obtain GISP certification through the Geospatial Information Systems Institute (GISP)

  • Acquire professional development skills needed to enhance expertise in one of the many disciplines using GIT.

Geospatial Information Technology Certificate Outcomes:
  • Graduates of the GIT Certificate Program will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the history and development of geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and remote sensing technologies.

  • Graduates of the GIT Certificate Program will be able to describe the importance of GIT in various environments through projects, posters and presentations.

Geospatial Information Technology Certificate - Program of Study (PDF format)

GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Associate of Applied Science Degree (CIP: 45.0702)

The overall objective of the Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) Associate of Applied Science Degree Program is to provide transfer of GIT used in many disciplines today to enable students to compare and qualify for employment or go onto a four year institution.

Goals:
  • To be employed in the GIT field or in one of the many related fields supported by GIT including natural resources, engineering, business, renewable energy and others that support tribes and their interest.

  • Students will pursue further education in Geospatial Sciences or other fields that Geospatial Information Technologies (GIT) are used to support.

  • Acquire professional development skills needed to enhance expertise in one of the many disciplines using GIT.

Geospatial Information Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree Outcomes:
  • Graduates of the GIT AAS Program will be able to use the principles of mapping and cartography, and apply those to map design, production and interpretation.

  • Graduates of the GIT AAS program will be able to discuss the history and development of geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and remote sensing technologies which comprise GIT.

  • Graduates of the GIR AAS program will be able to discuss Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing concepts and principles.

  • Graduates of the GIT AAS program will be able to use GIS and GPS software, hardware and understand their application.

  • Graduates of the GIT AAS program will be able to describe the importance of GIT in various environments through projects, posters and presentations.

  • Graduates of the GIT AAS program will be able to use GIT analytical components and put into action with various projects in several disciplines including natural resources, environmental sciences, business, renewable energy and governmental management issues.

  • Graduates of the GIT AAS program will be able to discuss practical application of real world GIS/GPS/Remote Sensing projects.

Geospatial Information Technology AAS - Program of Study (PDF format)