The Geography Department offers a GIS "Skills Certificate" program -- which is different than a Certificate of Achievement. See below for the distinction according to the Sierra College Catalog, found near the beginning next to A.A. and A.S. degree programs.
- Certificate of Achievement: A Certificate of Achievement is an acknowledgement by Sierra College that the student has completed prescribed courses of study in vocational education. All Certificates of Achievement require a minimum of eighteen (18) unites with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 50 percent of the required coursework must be completed at Sierra College. Certificates of Achievement are recorded on student transcripts.
- Skills Certificates: A Skills Certificate (which the GIS program fall beneath), is an acknowledgement by Sierra College that a student has attained a specified set of competencies with a vocational education program, either in preparation to enter the field or upgrade of skills required for continued employment. Skills Certificates require demonstration of a specified set of competencies and require less than 18 units. To obtain a Skills Certificate from Sierra College, all courses required must be completed with grades of "C" or better and at least 50 percent of the required coursework must be completed at Sierra College. Skills certificates are not recorded on student transcripts.
- When complete with coursework, you must "petition" with Admissions and Records for "Skills Certificate."
- For any classes waived, you must submit "substitution" form with Admissions and Records.