Success Stories

See how GIS Online helps students achieve both personal and professional goals through these inspiring testimonials from former students.


Kong Lei, Alumni 2011

All the projects and assignments are practical and meaningful, and we put them onto the student blog for illustration, which can instantly impress our boss, colleagues and friends. Now I can create useful and visually-pleasing thematic maps. The outcome and feedback are always promising and encouraging. Last but not least, we had strong support from instructors and we learned a lot from other students as well. My sincere thanks to UWF!

P. Hunter Key, Alumni 2011

The UWF GIS program definitely expedited my career in GIS! Entering the program I had experience in editing and some cartography, however the program provided scenarios, projects and examples to enhance my personal resources dramatically in solving spatial problems in my organization. The intensity and time line of the program allowed me to develop and apply new GIS skill in my job which in turn, jump started my advancement. The educational GIS base and specific tool and analysis exposure is ideal for any individual interested in elevating their GIS skill from software user to professional practitioner. Thanks UWF!


Diane Redwitz

Attending this program not only taught me GIS skills, but I also gained confidence in my life skills. The discussion boards helped let me know that I was not the only person having a problem with some skills but it seemed that most of the time I was stumbling on something that most of the other students were. I am 59 years old and it's gratifying to know that I can still do excellent work as well as keep up with the younger generation. I loved sharing my stories as well hearing other students GIS stories. Using the ESRI extensions was a great plus because in local government they never purchase the extensions because of budget constraints. This allowed me to show management how useful the tool would be in our application. I am glad the new version of ESRI software includes analysis tools. I thought Remote Sensing would not be helpful to me but I was wrong. There are instances when software cannot classify features as well as a manual method. It expanded my knowledge about aerial interpretation. The light waves and some other things are still fuzzy to me but I intend to do more reading on the subject. I really enjoyed this class and have made many friends throughout this experience.

Angela Matusik

The Certificate courses plunged right in from the beginning and kept a brisk pace to cover as much as possible while also allowing for more in-depth projects. For a newbie to GIS, the details of learning to use ArcGIS were incredibly important and were well-explained. As proficiency was gained in one area, new tools and/or skills were introduced. Process Summaries were required for each exercise in order to assist if there were any problems but also as a record of what was done for future reference. Support was strong among the cohort of students as well as from the instructors.

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