Northwood to Offer Geographic Information Systems Certificate of Completion Online

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The Certificate of Completion consists of four online classes.

CEDAR HILL, TX – Northwood University will launch its new Certificate of Completion in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) on May 20. The Certificate of Completion, which consists of four online classes, trains professionals to develop innovative solutions for real-world problems through a combination of map and geospatial technologies and business skill sets.

Professionals who complete the program will be well-versed in GIS theory, understand how to design and manage spatial databases, and gain experience building and using data models. According to Dr. Lynda Folts, director of the program, the timing for this offering couldn’t be better.

“Economic slowdowns around the world are forcing organizations to streamline operations. Graduates of this program will be prepared to lead organizations through operational challenges while boosting potential profitability,” stated Folts. “Fleet managers, financial services, retailers, realtors, insurers, asset managers, emergency managers, urban planners and others benefit in many ways,” she continued.

Designed to accommodate both working adults and full-time students, the program is offered entirely online and awards two continuing education units (CEUs) per course for a total of eight CEUs upon completion. Students can register for one or multiple classes and completion of all four courses is required to receive the Certificate of Completion in GIS.

According to Dr. Folts, the certificate is a real differentiator in today’s competitive business environment. “Knowledge of GIS software and data will allow those who complete the program to make more informed business decisions by optimizing openings and closings, segmenting consumer data and managing fleets,” said Folts. “GIS can visualize, manage and analyze any business asset. Whether its employees, customers, facilities or the supply chain networks, students have the opportunity to lead their industries with cutting-edge technology,” she explained.

To register, visit (create an account and apply for the GIS Certificate of Completion program).


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.