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CIT trains in Geographic Information Systems

The Montego Bay-based Caribbean Institute of Technology (CIT), a training arm of the HEART/Trust NTA, is offering a certificate as well as a postgraduate diploma in Geographical information Systems or GIS.

Courses will be offered both online and face-to-face in Kingston and Montego Bay and will last for 12 months. Upon completion of the programme, students will be given a Certificate in GIS from the CIT.

GIS is defined as a system that captures, stores, analyses, manages, and presents data that is linked to geographical locations.

It includes mapping software and its application to remote sensing, land surveying, aerial photography, mathematics, photogrammetry, geography, and tools that can be implemented with GIS software.

The CIT courses offers persons in the public and private sectors an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in geo-informatics.
The certificate programme which costs $3000 per credit will provide successful trainees with access to entry-level jobs such as GIS technician, GIS analyst and data collectors.

Thirty four credits are required to complete the programme, so total course costs are in the region of $102,000.

According to Carlene Smith, managing director of CIT, all students will have access to the CIT e-learning centre which will provide content, notes and additional resources for the programme.

She notes as well that classes are held at times which should be convenient to persons with very busy schedules. Classes will be held weekdays from 5pm - 9pm and every other weekend from 9am to 5pm, depending on the nature of the module. Participants will have access to suites of fully functioning industry standard GIS software.

The certificate programme includes such subjects as fundamentals of computer science, introduction to geographical information systems, cartography and mapping, introduction to global positioning systems, introduction to spatial analysis, software engineering, introduction to structured programming, introduction to database management, introduction to spatial database management systems and business communication and professional image development.

Entry requirements for the certificate programme include 4 CSEC/CXC/GCE subjects including geography or social studies, mathematics and English.
The certificate course begins in January 2010.
Fee payments can be made every semester at the beginning of the programme and before sitting a final exam. Students can also make complete payment for a programme at the beginning.

CIT states that tutors will include individuals from government and private industry who will deliver lectures and laboratory exercises. The class sizes will be a maximum of 20 persons to ensure one computer per participant.


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