Geospatial Technology Program Offers ArcGIS 10.1 Courses

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Geospatial Technology Program is offering two geographic information systems (GIS) short courses this summer.

“Essentials of ArcGIS 10.1” is a two-day course that explores the new, easy-to-use features in ArcGIS 10.1: ArcMap, ArcToolbox and ArcCatalog. Participants receive hands-on instruction from experienced GIS specialists, along with a set of newly revised tutorials. The courses are scheduled for 8:30–4:30 on June 13–14 and August 22–23, 2013, and will be conducted at the ISU Extension Community and Economic Development Program office at the ISU Research Park in Ames.

Topics covered include: displaying, projecting and editing data; working with tables; working with georeferenced data; querying a database and selecting features by location; and making good maps from the data. Although designed for those with no GIS experience, the course has been valuable for GIS users with some experience in order to improve their skills. Experience using Windows-based applications is recommended.

If you are looking for a way to simply get started with GIS technology, this IS the place to begin.  The course begins by assuming no knowledge of GIS  and builds from that point onto development the foundational skills. By the second day you will be designing your own maps and doing simple geospatial analysis. Upon finishing the course you receive a certificate of completion, and our instructors continue to avail themselves to you adopt your new skills for your own projects.

The two-day workshop is $500. Fees include course tutorials, handouts, snacks and beverages. Lodging and meals are not included. Click here to download the registration brochure.

Advance registration is required and enrollment is limited to 12 participants per course. If two or more people from the same organization register for the same course(s) in this series, each registrant also will receive a 10% discount. An organization may reserve all 12 seats for a particular course at a 15 percent discount.

Alan Jensen and Chris Seeger, both ISU Extension geospatial specialists will be your instructors. Check our new website at

AICP CM 14.0 Credits: Applied for, awaiting authorization.

CEUs: ASLA 10.0 Hours General, ASLA 2.0 Hours Health, Safety, Welfare

For more information, visit or contact Nora Ladjahasan at or 515-294-0734.

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