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Geographic Information Systems

Summer Institute

Join us this summer, August 4th through 22nd, to attend workshops that will permit you to learn more about Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

The Summer Institute of Geospatial Technology is designed for the adult professional looking to sharpen their technical skills.  Hosted by Washington College in the scenic colonial town of Chestertown, Maryland, our location offers a chance for you to escape from your busy schedule and focus on learning.

All workshops are being taught by experienced geospatial professionals who are experts in their fields.  Workshops costs are extremely competitive, and discounts are offered for early registration. Members of Maryland law enforcement agencies or criminal justice organizations may sign up for workshops related to crime analysis at no cost.

Each workshop will run from 9:30AM-4:30PM to allow for commuting. If, however, you are looking for overnight lodging, please check out local accommodations

For those whose organizational budgets offer no funding for professional development, we may also be able to offer some scholarship support.


Some classes still have a few spots left, if you are interested in registering, please contact Andrew Wright at awright2@washcoll.edu. 

Click on the course names on the schedule below to learn more.

You can sign for as many or as few workshops as you like but you can’t sign up for two workshops being given at the same time unless you clone yourself.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
August 4th-8th
  Python Scripting ***
August 11th-15th
Introduction to ArcGIS *  
 August 18th-22nd
Intermediate ArcGIS **  
ArcGIS Online * ArcGIS Server ** 
CrimeStat IV *** Crime Analysis with GIS **


Each workshop has a rating, ranging from one star to three stars, to represent the level of prior knowledge recommended.

  • One star (*) - No prior software knowledge required. Participants have not used the software before, and will begin from square one.
  • Two star (**) - Basic ArcGIS knowledge recommended. Participants are familiar with simple ArcMap tools and functions. If you have taken an introductory ArcGIS course before, or if you take one of ours during the Institute, you will be well prepared.
  • Three star (***) - Confidence with ArcGIS recommended. Participants are proficient with ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcToolbox. This is an excellent course for crime analysts interested in exploring new techniques and advanced software capabilities.

Note: course availability is dependent on the number of registrations received. Courses must have a minimum of six participants by the time registration closes. If a particular topic interests you, it is in your best interest to sign up sooner rather than later!