The National Information Security and Geospatial Technologies Consortium (NISGTC) a Dept of Labor funded center has posted five courses as part of the National Training and Education Resource site. Topics include intro to GIS, cartography, remote sensing and all are based on the Department of Laborís Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) - http://www.careeronestop.org/COMPETENCYMODEL/competency-models/geospatial-technology.aspx

These training courses are well written, and can be used without the labs so GIS software in not necessary to benefit from the courses, but the hands-on experience provide through the labs are a valuable addition. The labs Iv'e looked at are written for ArcGIS 10.1, but they could be adapted for other software, including the free OSGeo-Live suite of geospatial software - http://live.osgeo.org/en/index.html. Once you register on the site and access one of the courses, you can take the course online or download all of the training materials, labs and data - (very cool!!!)



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Geospatial Technology, Introduction to Geospatial Technology (Course) - https://www.nterlearning.org/web/guest/course-details?cid=2501

Geospatial Technology, Spatial Analysis (Course) - https://www.nterlearning.org/web/guest/course-details?cid=2502

Geospatial Technology, Data Acquisition and Management (Course) - https://www.nterlearning.org/web/guest/course-details?cid=2503

Geospatial Technology, Cartographic Design (Course) - https://www.nterlearning.org/web/guest/course-details?cid=2504

Geospatial Technology, Introduction to Remote Sensing (Course) - https://www.nterlearning.org/web/guest/course-details?cid=2709


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