Monday, April 24, 2017

Midland College to offer GIS classes

• FREE GIS Lunch & Learn, Wednesday, April 26

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Since 1969, ESRI has been leading the globe in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) solutions, and now Midland College (MC) is able to partner with ESRI and to offer GIS classes to the Midland community.

“ESRI generously allowed us to purchase $25,000 worth of ArcGIS training software for just $1,000,” stated Curtis Helms, director of the MC Petroleum Professional Development Center. “This is enabling us to contract with to offer hands-on classes at the MC Advanced Technology Center starting as early as this summer. We invite those interested in ArcGIS to join us on Wednesday to learn about new functionality in the ArcGIS platform, find out about GIS training courses available in Midland and discover tips and tricks for ArcGIS Desktop. We also want to find out from Midland GIS users what classes they would like us to offer in the future.”

Helms explained that geographic information systems lets users visualize, question, analyze and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns and trends. GIS benefits organizations of all sizes and in almost every industry. There is a growing interest in and awareness of the economic and strategic value of GIS, which is widely used to optimize maintenance schedules and daily fleet movements. Typical implementations can result in a savings of 10 to 30 percent in operational expenses through reduction in fuel use and staff time, improved customer service and more efficient scheduling. In addition, GIS is the go-to technology for making better decisions about location. Common examples include real estate site selection, route/corridor selection, evacuation planning, conservation, natural resource extraction, etc.

“We are delighted to be partnering with for hands-on classes,” Helms said. “TeachMeGIS is a leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training and consulting. Jennifer Harris, the company president, will be leading the Midland training classes. The classes will offer practical examples of real-world situations. We will limit the number of students in each class to provide a more guided and personalized training experience.”

The public is invited to a FREE GIS Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the main MC campus, 3600 N. Garfield, in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact the Midland College Community Relations Office at (432) 685-4556 or email Rebecca Bell,

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