The GeoSpatial Technology Program started with one class in 2000 and now has a 24 unit certificate program. This program is approved by the State Chancellor's Office for California Community Colleges. We have partnerships with Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), National Science Foundation, NASA-SSAI, and Trimble Navigation. We run ESRI's most current ARCGIS software, Harris Corp ENVI Remote Sensing Software, Trimble GPS Pathfinder Office Software in our lab, the college has a site license with ESRI, through the California Community College Foundation.
We have instructors in our program that work in the professions of Geospatial Technology teaching our courses. We have a state of the art lab with new computers, printer, and we have Trimble Navigation GPS units for student use. We would be happy to assist you in finding your place in the GeoSpatial World.
Earning the West Valley College GIS Certificate requires completing 8 three unit courses for a letter grade or credit/no credit option. All courses are Acceptable for credit at California State Universities.
B.A. Spanish Culture and Civilization, Indiana University; M.A. Enviromental Studies, Prescott College; Additional Graduate work in Public Administration, Florida International University; 28 years as National Park Resource Protection Ranger (EMT); 2 years with Miami-Dade County Parks; ESRI Authorized Instructor ARCGIS I.
She has a B.S. in Microelectronic Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an A.S. in Administration of Justice and a GIS certificate both from West Valley College. She has also been a student in the Park Management Department. She has done GIS work for Santa Clara Open Space Preserve and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. She has previously worked for KLA-Tencor as a Reliability Manager and is currently starting her own GIS consulting company.
This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant # 0703185. The purpose of this project is to address the needs of two-year college geospatial programs. This project will partner with 20 two-year colleges and 40 GIS Educators. West Valley College is a partner in this program.
CalGETT (California Geospatial Education and Technology Training)
This was awarded to West Valley College. The amount of the award was for $369, 382. Partners on this grant include; Shasta College, ESRI and NASA-SSAI.
This two year project provided technical project-based training in the use of remote sensing for mapping critical natural resources. The training was provided to community college instructors in California. Public and private sector natural resource management employees that already have GIS backgrounds were included in this training. The addition of remote sensing skills will allow participants to meet the needs that are important to the future of California.
These courses will be presented based on requests made and interest in these topics. Other courses can be designed for the client.