WMU News

Institute delves into one of today's hottest technologies

Sept. 18, 1997

KALAMAZOO -- A week-long training program delving into one of today's hottest high-technology planning tools will take place Oct. 20-24 at Western Michigan University.

The Michigan GIS Institute will cover the conceptual foundation and applications of Geographic Information Systems and computer mapping. GIS is the leading computer technology that local governments use in economic development, urban and regional planning, environmental management, land use analysis, transportation planning and other public administration activities.

Offered by WMU's Office of Professional Programs and Conferences, the comprehensive training program will combine an overview of the general principles of GIS and mapping with hands-on experience in the analytical use of spatial information using the software ArcView GIS 3.0.

The instructor will be Dr. Ilya Zaslavsky, WMU assistant professor of geography and an associate of the University's GIS Research Center. Those enrolling in the institute can earn up to three hours of undergraduate or graduate credit in geography. Enrollment is limited to 15 students, and all classes will be conducted in Rood Hall.

The program starts Oct. 20, with classes running from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. Other week-long institute sections will be available in 1998.

Tuition is $899 per person and includes all course materials. A $50 discount per person will be given for two or more persons from the same organization; WMU students, staff and faculty; and those whose registration is received 14 days prior to the start of classes.

For complete course and registration information, call the Office of Professional Programs and Conferences at 616 387-4174, email the office at mcfaul@wmich.edu or visit the office's World Wide Web page at www.wmich.edu/geography/GISinstitute/

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