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Award Winning Pacific EMPRINTS Program Now Offers Advanced ArcGIS Courses

University of Hawaiʻi
Contact:
Ivy S. Takahashi, (808) 956-9490
Special Programs Facilitator
Posted: Mar 19, 2008

HONOLULU — The Pacific Emergency Management, Preparedness, and Response Information Network and Training Services (Pacific EMPRINTS) was approved as an Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) Authorized Partner Education Center (APEC) in Summer 2007. ESRI is the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) modeling and mapping software and technology.

Pacific EMPRINTS is currently one of only 16 APECs in the U.S. Last June, ESRI selected from among its user base of more than 300,000 organizations around the world a number of U.S. and international awardees who it judged to "have made extraordinary contributions to our global society and set new precedents throughout the GIS community." Pacific EMPRINTS received this prestigious award at the 27th Annual ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California for its work to introduce and expand the use of geographic information technologies among professionals working at the confluence of the health care, public health, disaster planning, and emergency response fields.

Effective April 2008, Pacific EMPRINTS will launch offerings of two new advanced ArcGIS courses in addition to the Introduction to ArcGIS I course: Working with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst and Introduction to Geoprocessing Scripts using Python. These advanced courses will be taught by ESRI-authorized instructors Philip Page and John Vogler at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

About the Courses

Working with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst is a three-day ESRI course which introduces the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst software tools for conducting advanced spatial analyses and creating different types of spatial models. Students first learn fundamental raster data concepts, then how to apply Spatial Analyst tools to create, process, and analyze spatial data. Students examine problems that are best solved in a raster environment such as surface analysis and distance measurements. Finally, students learn spatial modeling concepts and issues, and how to design and implement spatial models using the ModelBuilder.

Introduction to Geoprocessing Scripts using Python is a two-day ESRI course which introduces the Python scripting language and shows how it can be used to access and automate geoprocessing functionality in ArcGIS. Students first learn basic Python scripting syntax, then begin writing scripts to automate geoprocessing operations. Students also learn how to incorporate Python scripts as custom tools in ArcToolbox.

Both courses contribute to one of the ESRI Training and Education Learning Pathways.

For more information, please visit: www.emprints.hawaii.edu/gis/

Course Registration Fee:

Regular pricing for the Working with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst course is $1125.00 per participant. Faculty, staff, or students affiliated with the University of Hawaii system or other educational institutions are eligible for a 40% educational discount.

Regular pricing for the Introduction to Geoprocessing Scripts using Python course is $750.00 per participant. Faculty, staff, or students affiliated with the University of Hawaii system or other educational institutions are eligible for a 40% educational discount.

Volume registration discounts are available also for organizations registering five (5) or more participants for the same class.

Until August 31, 2008, professionals working in the health, public health, emergency planning, or emergency response fields can register for the course at the federally-subsidized price of $75.00.

Parking and refreshments are included in the price of registration.

To register or for further information, contact Ivy S. Takahashi at sonomitakahashi@gmail.com or at (808) 956-9490.

About Pacific EMPRINTS

The Pacific Emergency Management, Preparedness, and Response Information Network and Training Services (Pacific EMPRINTS) is a project within the College of Social Sciences' Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. It is a broad-based consortium of public and private health educators and health services providers that received funding from the U.S. Health and Human Services' Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) in late 2005. The program was transferred to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in March 2007. It is one of only 19 continuing education grants awarded across the nation, including Yale New Haven Health System, University of California San Francisco and Columbia University.

The project envisions a cadre of health professionals better equipped to recognize terrorist and other public health emergencies, to meet the acute needs of their respective populations, to more easily coordinate responses to terrorist events, and to quickly and effectively communicate threats and response to the public at the community, state and national levels while enhancing the safety of both first responders and the communities they protect.

For more information, visit: http://www.emprints.hawaii.edu