Per a press release:
American Sentinel is the first DETC-accredited U.S. college to offer an AS in GIS.
Let’s unpack that. American Sentinel was “founded as a Vanderbilt University Technology Company,” and “delivers to its students and their employers the competitive advantages of unique online education programs focused on the needs of high-growth sectors.” The U.S. Dept. of Labor has indicated that geospstial technology is a high growth sector.
DETC? That refers to Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) accreditation. DETC is a non-profit started in 1926 to accredit distance (then mostly corresondence courses, I guess). It’s “recognized by” the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.
AS? The associates degree, a two year degree, is designed to be a stepping stone to a tranfer for a four year degree in GIS or an entry level position.
There are many GIS certificate programs available in the U.S. both online and on campus. I know that ESRI for one has been working to get GIS into community (2 year) colleges.
The curriculum for this program includes some interesting requirements (among others):
a course in world geography
a course in MS Office
a course in algebra
and six GIS courses