The College of the North Atlantic's GIS diploma (campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada) has a bit of a twist I've not seen in parallel U.S. certificate programs.
The diploma involves two semesters of class work followed by eight weeks of hands-on project experience in order to gain practical skills in the field.
Initially, students go through a five day boot camp to decide whether they want to pursue the diploma or drop out.
I like it!
Piner High School in Santa Rosa, California already has a geospatial program that allows graduates to gain college credit. Now the plan is to give the program its own building.
To take Piner’s Geospatial Technology Pathway to the next level, program organizers are set to seek Santa Rosa City Schools board authorization on April 25 to start construction on a Geospatial Science Center nestled between the campus buildings. Designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects of Santa Rosa, the center would have space for data-collection from a number of instruments such as seismographs, weather sensors and sky cameras, a new GIS computer lab, solar and wind energy systems for studies, scale walk-through model of the solar system, theater for student presentations of their research and talks by local professionals, astronomical observatory and a 26-foot-diameter domed planetarium.
If you've not seen it, American Sentinel University has done a lot of marketing for its GIS degrees. The latest press release focuses on geospatial applications for agriculture. Of note is a section titled "Other GIS Software." It discusses non-Esri software for that industry.