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Ogeechee Tech Spotlights GIS Program

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology program at Ogeechee Tech prepares students for employment in a variety of GIS professional positions utilizing GIS software and Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment.  But what is GIS?  In short, GIS is a computer-based technology that captures, stores, analyzes, and displays information about places on the earth’s surfaces—what’s on it; what’s under it; what the land is worth; and where the natural resources, people, and utilities are located.

John Locke
John Locke, GIS Instructor at Ogeechee Technical College.

Today, more than 80 percent of all information used by the government is geographically referenced.  With GIS, operations can be combined into a common database and accessed according to the requirement of each individual or department.  GIS allows any location and any point on the map to become an index to cultural, economic, environmental, demographic and political information about a specific area. 

John Locke, Ogeechee Tech’s GIS instructor, has a broad history of work in GIS related areas, including GIS and planning experience in local and regional government, and experience in teaching Geographic Information Systems to professionals, as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses at the university level.  John has a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning, with an emphasis in GIS and Database Management from San Jose State University (San Jose, California).  He has extensive experience in a number of GIS applications, including: water/sewer/storm asset management, environmental health, public safety, urban & regional planning, neighborhood revitalization, rural community development, transportation planning, economic development, and database management.  His GIS experience also includes GIS project management, particularly on implementation, data collection, and quality assurance/quality control.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in GIS, contact John Locke at 912- 688-6035 or jlocke@ogeecheetech.edu.

Contact: Barry Turner
Executive Director of Public Relations
Phone: (912) 688-6958
Email: bturner@ogeecheetech.edu

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