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Online Information Session

August 29
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Judy Ratcliffe

GIS Essentials Certificate Virtual Information Session

Certificate begins September 9

Join us to learn more about the field of GIS and how it might benefit you in your career.



Geographic Information Systems(GIS) can be applied to a diverse multitude of industries and occupational fields, everything from environmental fields to emergency response, technology professions, and utilities, plus many other industries benefit from the regular use of GIS.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of geographers is projected to grow 29 percent through year 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Salaries in GIS and Geospatial industries range from $50,000 to $80,000 or more depending on geographic region, experience, and occupation within the industry, making it a very lucrative career choice.

Who Should Enroll

Anyone looking to add new skills to their resume. GIS skills are valued across many industries.


Mr. Thad Dymkowski

Thad J. Dymkowski is a GISCI Certified GIS Professional with almost 2 decades of GIS experience ranging from technical, to analytical, to administrative. He is a double alumnus of Central Connecticut State University, with Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in Geography with concentrations in GIS. Thad’s experience comes from years spent in the public, private, and academic professional environments. He is fluent in ESRI ArcGIS software products, and comfortably familiar with several others. He has also been known to compose usable lines of computer programming code in several programming languages and his maps can be found on walls, in reports, and on a few web pages throughout the State of Connecticut. He has presented and spoken at conferences, meetings, and public hearings throughout the State of Connecticut and New England Region. His proudest creation, aside from his children, is the GIS Certificate Program he teaches for the CCSU Department of Continuing Education and the graduates it has produced.


This information session will take place online.


Thad is clearly very knowledgeable about GIS. He was very quick to respond to emails-which I found immensely helpful due to the online class format. I would have typically preferred in classroom experience….But due to the amount of change that occurred in my personal life at this time (I moved across the country to Nevada)…I greatly appreciated the flexibility of the online format. Fall, 2020

I wanted to thank you for being a great teacher and further developing my GIS skills in the certificate course you teach at CCSU. The program taught me a lot and opened my eyes to the power and possibilities of GIS. Especially to start getting ahead of the curve with Online GIS, which I’m finding very helpful with many projects. My GIS skills/knowledge definitely helped me to get the position at CRCOG.

Hopefully, I’ll have some opportunities to work with you down the road on Statewide/Regional GIS projects. Once I settle into my new position, I’m hoping to get more involved with CT GIS groups and CCAPA. Fall, 2020

I really enjoyed the coursework and the instructor was very supportive to students regarding issues with the material. Spring, 2022