City College of San Francisco

The GIS Education Center is part of the Advanced Transportation Technologies & Energy program at City College of San Francisco. Our GIS workshops are designed for students to learn and acquire skills on focused GIS topics.

Program Format

Our workshops are 9-15 hours in length and taught over three to five weeks. Our students are working professionals, graduate students, and general enthusiasts in search of short, focused, and affordable training which offer more one-on-one support from instructors compared to other instructional formats, such as all-weekend "crash courses". Most of our workshops are small in size, with an average 10-15 students. 


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Approach

 

Our workshops give students the opportunity to understand the content, absorb the material between weekly class meetings, and then demonstrate their newly-acquired skills. Our practitioner-instructors design custom curriculum, use real-world data, and make the classroom atmosphere as fun and productive as possible. 

You will often hear our instructors say "practice using data you care about". Practicing with data you want to analyze and visualize is a great way to better understand geospatial technology and the analytical power that it offers. 

You will also see that our instructors foster a patient approach to learning GIS.  The field is vast, and the software tools can be challenging to new learners. We encourage our students to move ahead at their own pace with a sense of humor and the realization that mastery over the technology takes time and committment.