A Maui News article on January 8, 2015 highlighted how the GIS program at UHMC parallels the growth of industry needs. The article quotes instructor Sarah McLane Bryan: “GIS is a growing technology statewide, but on Maui in particular, our industry engagement indicates potential for over 160 GIS jobs in the next five years on Maui alone.”

UHMC Students in GIS 180 present their final projects to industry guests at Cow Pig Bun at the Maui Research & Technology Park in December 2014. Photo by Bryan Berkowitz.

The article also described the GIS Showcase, an event held in December 2014 featuring UHMC student presentations of their final GIS projects attended by representatives from 30 different Maui companies. Students researched topics including potential brush fire areas on leeward Haleakala, bike path planning, coastal erosion at cultural sites, and threats to reefs in West Maui.

Detail of student Christa Seidl’s Wildfire on Leeward Maui: A Hot Conservation Threat project featuring a GIS map. Photo by Bryan Berkowitz.

The GIS program offers a Certificate of Competence in Geographic Information Systems in Ecosystem Management. Instruction is delivered through online classes and in-person labs through two hybrid courses that can be completed in one semester. “Each course is built to address local employer needs and be made more innovative, accessible and effective by using online, technology-enabled components,” McLane said in the article.

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