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Fast Forward Your Career With LIU Post’s Online Mobile GIS App Program

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Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
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Matthew Dondanville of Illinois recently joined a small growing company that helps municipalities embrace mobile global information systems (GIS) technology. William Weingart of Northport, N.Y. is chief product officer at a technology company in Cincinnati, Ohio that processes credit, debit, prepaid card and other electronic transactions.

Dondanville and Weingart are part of a select group of students in LIU Post's new online Advanced Certificate Program in Mobile GIS Applications Development, a field that is growing by leaps and bounds in the 21st century.

Students will learn how to build apps that deliver information and services directly to a user's smart phone or tablet based on their geographic location. Proximity-based apps help people find the nearest business or service such as a restaurant, ATM or gas station; provide turn-by-turn navigation to any address; locate people or businesses on a map; manage fleets, utilities and infrastructure, and provide asset recovery services. GIS apps are just as useful for businesses as they are for consumers. Forward-thinking companies today use location-based technologies for mobile advertising, alerting customers via text or tweets of sales and deals within the immediate area.

"Smart phones and tablets have infiltrated every part of our lives, as have apps that run them," says Dr. Patrick Kennelly, associate professor of geography at LIU Post and co-developer of the online certificate program.

Focusing on the intersection of two burgeoning industries—geospatial technology and smartphone/web applications development—the online program will help students develop the necessary mastery of geographic information systems, computer programming and network technology that is needed to become an effective application developer. Geospatial technology, whose software industry currently accounts for over one billion dollars in annual sales, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a high-growth sector.

The 12-credit certificate can be obtained in as little as one year, which is ideal for technology professionals, entrepreneurs and career changers like Matt Dondanville, who has gone from creating a system for evaluating maximum curve speed for High Speed Rail to a start-up company that has targeted mobile GIS market in local governments.

"This certificate will help my new company," says Dondanville. "But it will also help the municipalities we serve become more efficient and organized."

For Bill Weingart, the courses will also benefit his customers. "Our customers use smart phones and tablets to execute mobile banking and payment transactions anywhere, anytime," Weingart said. "The Mobile GIS Program at LIU Post will help me master these technologies to help enhance my company's products and services."

Courses begin on September 5 and applications are currently being accepted. For more information, email gis@liu.edu or visit www.liu.edu/online/gis. The C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University is now LIU Post.

Posted 07/26/2012

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