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First Graduates of LIU Post’s Online Mobile GIS Apps Development Program

Frank Huffman of Raytown, Mo. plans to use new skills designing apps for mobile devices

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Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University
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Brookville, N.Y. – He never set foot on Long Island, but Frank Huffman of Raytown, Mo. is the first person to have completed Long Island University/LIU Post’s unique, fully online advanced certificate program in Mobile GIS Applications Development.

Huffman, 45, used teleconference technology such as Skype and Adobe Connect in interacting with his professors. “It’s like being right there with them,” said Huffman, a security supervisor at United Missouri Bank in Kansas City.

The 12-credit program, which launched in September 2012, is one of the first in the nation to focus on developing applications for mobile devices that employ global positioning systems. Such apps can be used for everything from finding the nearest coffee shop to managing a fleet of vehicles. Geospatial technology, whose software industry currently accounts for over one billion dollars in annual sales, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a high-growth sector.        

Huffman has an undergraduate degree from the University of Central Missouri in geography with a minor in earth science, and is completing a master’s degree in urban and environmental geosciences at University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has a longstanding interest in the potential of mobile device apps, and found the LIU Post advanced certificate to be the best opportunity to develop that interest.

“I checked – there is no other place that specializes in mobile GIS applications development,” Huffman said. “I want to specialize in this. I believe deeply that this program is going to be a great investment.”

Ten students comprise the first cohort in the Mobile GIS Applications Development program, said Dr. Patrick Kennelly, LIU Post associate professor of geography and co-developer of the program. All are finishing up their work at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. The next cohort will begin in September.

To learn more about the LIU Post Advanced Certificate in Mobile GIS App Development, visit www.liu.edu/post/gis.

Posted 06/12/2013

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