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UMFK to offer a special introduction to GPS class

May 5, 2006


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will be offering a two introductory sessions of Introduction to Global Positioning Systems course, designed for community members to learn how to use the state-of-the-art navigational aid and mapping device.

The first session will be offered on Monday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 16 and a second session will be offered on May 18 and May 19. Both sessions will run all day for two days. The course is limited to 12 students.

The course is an introduction to the theory and application of Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Students will collect GPS field data, process the data, and export it to Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Students will learn how to use mapping grade Trimble GPS receivers and Pathfinder Office software for both navigation and mapping. Participants will not be permitted to use their personal GPS units.

The Northern Maine Development Commission will be offering a reimbursement scholarship of $50 for eligible participants completing the course. For information about the reimbursement contact the NMDC directly.

Students successfully completing the course will earn 1 credit hour from the University.

To register call the University at 834-7520.