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EDC to offer GIS learning cohort as part of Tech Training Accelerator Initiative

The Economic Development Council (EDC) of San Juan County will facilitate a GIS learning cohort this winter, as part of their Tech Training Accelerator Initiative.

This cohort will follow the upcoming Esri course, Going Places with Spatial Analysis. This course will help participants gain a deeper understanding of spatial data analysis and the important role location plays in a variety of business and policy matters. The course will be offered online through Esri, and a cohort of students will meet each week with an EDC advisor to achieve successful benchmarks, working through the course materials on their own schedules.

In this course, students will learn how to identify and describe uses of several spatial analysis techniques, while gaining hands-on experience with authentic spatial analysis workflows in a cloud-based mapping environment. The assignments will use ArcGIS Online, which will be provided for the duration of the course. This low-cost course is open to participants from San Juan County, ages 18 and older, who are looking to enter careers in GIS.

The course will be broken into weekly sections that can be completed on one’s own schedule, averaging 3-4 hours per week. The EDC will host weekly advisory meetings via Zoom, on Tuesday mornings at 10 am, from February 1 to March 15, 2023. These meetings will give participants the opportunity to check in with the rest of the group, discuss course material, and ask questions. Participants who finish the course within the six-week timeframe will earn a certificate of completion from Esri.

Details: GIS course will run from February 1 to March 15, 2023. Open to participants from San Juan County, ages 18 and older. A $50 registration fee is required. For information or to register, please visit https://sanjuansedc.org/tech. For questions, please contact the EDC’s Tech Training Coordinator, Jillian Urbach, at (360) 378-2906 or jillian@sanjuansedc.org.

The Economic Development Council (EDC) of San Juan County strives to support small rural enterprises and conduct projects to stimulate new job creation, strengthen the economic base for working families, and support overall quality of life for islanders. The EDC thanks their partners in their Tech Training Accelerator Initiative: The Town of Friday Harbor, San Juan County, and the Raynier Institute.


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