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.

Certificate Requirements

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.

  • PKMGT 016A Introduction to Geospatial Technology
  • PKMGT 016B Mobile GIS
  • PKMGT 016C Spatial Analysis for GIS
  • PKMGT 016D Cartographic Design for GIS
  • PKMGT 016E Database Design and Management for GIS
  • PKMGT 016G Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • PKMGT 16I     GIS Programming and the Web
  • PKMGT 020A PKMGT Employment Preparation
  • PKMGT 020B Internship (Co-enrolled with 20A)


Chris Cruz


Instructor in Park Management & Geospatial Technology

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.

Michelle Guzdek


Instructor in Geospatial Technology

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.

Matt Price



IGETT (Integrated Geospatial Education and Technology Training)

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.

Student Success

Student Internships have been completed with the following:

  • Santa Clara County Parks Mid-Peninsula
  • Regional Open Space District
  • National Park Service
  • San Mateo County Parks
  • Santa Clara County Open Space Authority
  • West Valley Sanitation District
  • NASA Ames
  • Santa Cruz County Assessors Office
  • Santa Cruz County GIS Department
  • San Francisco Zoo
  • City of Saratoga

Graduates of Program work for:

  • MHA Consulting-Redwood City
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Santa Clara County Parks
  • Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District
  • National Park Service
  • San Mateo County Parks
  • Santa Clara County Open Space Authority
  • City of Saratoga
  • West Valley Sanitation District
  • Department of Defense at Fort Hood, Texas


Professional Organizations

  • Bay Area Automated Mapping Association:
  • Local Job Listings:
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS):

GeoSpatial Technology Jobs

  • The GIS Jobs Clearinghouse:
  • The GEO Job Source:

Specialized Training

Trimble Navigation GPS Training (Customized)

Geospatial Technology for Managers

These courses will be presented based on requests made and interest in these topics. Other courses can be designed for the client.

last published: 4/1/18