Rio Hondo College GIS Courses

Learn GIS from home this fall!  Rio Hondo College GIS courses start August 15th. Classes are entirely online. More information can be found at www.riohondo.edu/gis . Fall classes include both courses in Geographic Information Systems and new course offering on preparing for exam to pass Remote Pilot (Drone) Commercial Exam which includes survey mapping workflow.

  • Introduction to GIS (GIS 120) 4 units  CRN 74117
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) (GIS 150) CRN 77010
  • Cartography Design and GIS (GIS 221) CRN 73311
  • GIS Applications (GIS 220) CRN 74445
  • Geospatial Programming (Python) & Web Services  (GIS 280)  CRN 75607
  • Crime Mapping (GIS 281) CRN 75609

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Are classes online? Yes, part of what makes online courses so convenient is that you don’t have to commute to Rio Hondo Campus but can instead complete your coursework from home. For many of us today, we find ourselves at home with families and unexpected happenings and would much prefer the convenience of online with the ability to work on your own schedule.
  • Do I need a Computer?  Yes, you do need to have access to a computer either a Windows or Mac (mouse recommended) and internet access.
  • Do I need to install software? No, you will have access to the fast high tech labs with the latest GIS and related softwares via remote desktop. No software configuration required on your computer (Windows or Mac).
  • Are the Classes Asynchronous or Synchronous (live)? Classes can be completed Asynchronous. However two 60 minute sessions for each class will be scheduled for those who have time or prefer to meet ‘live’ (Synchronous) on Zoom… the sessions are always recorded and made available later that evening.
  • How to Register? No need to come on campus.  Apply for admission and register for classes entirely online.  To register for classes, you must first apply for admission (entirely free online). Applying for admission and registering cannot be any easier and steps found here.

For additional information, contact Prof. Warren Roberts wroberts@riohondo.edu  (P.S. Did you know select Rio Hondo GIS courses are transferable courses to CSU and other universities?)

Virtual URISA GIS Leadership Academy

URISA just announced their Inaugural Virtual GIS Leadership Academy, to be held August 3-7, limited to 30 individuals.

The curriculum emphasizes best practices and skills-based training taught by GIS experts committed to preparing others for leadership in managing challenges and figuring ways to help groups and organizations achieve their goals.  The cost to attend will be $600 for URISA members and $800 for non-members.

For more info and to register, click here.

Get A Free ArcGIS Pro License

8/5/2020 UPDATE:  This program has been extended through December 31.

ESRI has announced that it will provide free access to its ArcGIS platform and learning resources through the Learn.ArcGIS.com website to support college students during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Those who register between March 1 and June 30 will have free access to an ArcGIS Pro 2.5 license until August 31, 2020.

To register as a member of Learn ArcGIS you can do so via the following link:

https://learn.arcgis.com/en/become-a-member/

To download and install ArcGIS Pro 2.5 go to:

https://learn.arcgis.com/en/arcgis-pro-for-learn-members/

Once installed, open ArcGIS Pro and sign in with your username and password.

Earn a Masters of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) @ CSULB

In these crazy times don’t stop thinking about your future. Geospatial is everywhere; especially prevalent in today’s news. Harness and hone geospatial skills and the power of the technology through a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) at California State University Long Beach (CSULB).

Our MSGISci is a 1-year, 30-unit MS degree program. Classes are offered on weeknights and weekends to accommodate working professionals. Program details and application instructions can be found at http://www.beachgis.com. The application deadline for both domestic and international applicants has been extended to June 1st.

Please visit www.beachgis.com. Email questions to Program Director Dr. Suzanne Wechsler (suzanne.wechsler@csulb.edu) and/or Program Coordinator Stephanie Centeno (stephaine.centeno@csulb.edu).

US Census Knowledge Quiz

What role do postal carriers play in census preparations? What new response category will be featured on this year’s census form? Test your Census expertise on these questions and more with the Pew Research Center’s U.S. Census Knowledge Quiz. The 12-question quiz covers the history, purpose, and changes to the U.S. Census and provides test-takers with answers and explanations immediately following their attempt.

Readers who are displeased with their results may want to sign up for the Pew Research Center’s “short email mini course” on the U.S. Census (accessible by clicking the linked text “email mini-course”). This free course is divided into five sections including “What is the census and why is it taken?” and “What is new and possibly challenging about the 2020 census?” Enrolled users will receive “an email with a lesson every few days,” allowing for a manageable way to better understand why this data collection process is so important.

If you are stuck at home with kids right now, a great teaching tool too!  Check it out by clicking here.

Also check out the Census Historical Timeline.  AND check out the 1940 Census website.  You can search for images of the pages people signed.  I was able to find my Grandparents who also listed my father and his sister when they were children, pretty cool!

2020 Geothermal Design Challenge for Students

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), in conjunction with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is hosting the 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge: GIS Mapping Student Competition.  The design challenge focuses on a non-technical barrier to geothermal development to foster understanding and share the benefits of geothermal energy technologies.  Student teams of two or three will use geographic information system (GIS) mapping to create a compelling infographic/poster or interactive map to discover potential opportunities from this renewable energy source.

High school (grades 9-12) and university (both undergraduate and graduate) students (full or part-time) enrolled at an accredited academic institution at the time of submission are eligible to participate. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to participate in the 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge.  The deadline to submit draft entries for compliance review is March 30, 2020.  For more info and to register, click below!

geothermaldesignchallenge

Any questions?  Contact:

Erin Murphy
Outreach Director
Geothermal Design Challenge
(651) 587-9094