Global Geospatial Institute is the only accredited entity approved by Louisiana Workforce Investment Council to educate Louisiana students for an Industry-Based Certification program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
“When you connect young people to an activity that is relevant in nearly any career path—transportation, government, business, science, conservation, environment, education, agriculture, emergency planning, forestry, firefighting, community planning or health care and the application is fun, everybody wins!.”
- Fran Harvey, Founder and Director of GGI

Industry Partners in Education

CITY OF HAMMONd - High school Student Uses GIS to Map crime

Chief of Police for the City Hammond mentored Hammond High School youth to answer the question;  what was the effect of Hurricane Katrina on Crime in Hammond?  The results were focused on burglary and theft.  Crime rates were altered by population changes, and this map project uses GIS technology together and analyzes new data trends before and after Hurricane Katrina.  Click on view projects below to learn more.  

Park Forest Middle School hosts Maps and Apps summer camp

Middle school students were introduced to GIS technology over one week in Maps and Apps for Youth, a summer GIS program where fifteen students learned and applied GIS skills using the Collector for ArcGIS app.  Project Based Learning led by a junior camp counselor taught students about the science and use of GIS behind the urban heat island project.  Click on view projects below to learn more.  


City of Baton Rouge

This project analyses hydrological, land use, and land cover (LULC) data to develop a geospatial model proposing sites for the construction of greenways in an urban environment.  The project builds an understanding of the relationship between built and non-built environments, and how human activity impacts these lands.  Click on view projects below to learn more.    

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Parish Proud, Fenstermaker, and City of Lafayette

Global Geospatial Institute (GGI) partnered with an industry-based partner, Lafayette's C.H. Fenstermaker (CHF), to embark on a student Geographic Information System training and litter data collection mission, to serve as participants in the Lafayette Parish Proud Litter Project.  Holding to its mission, GGI garners the support of its industry partner, Fenstermaker, working on teaching high school students to be Citizen Scientists, and viewing the student's StoryMaps.  Click on view projects below to learn more.


GIS is committed to assisting Louisiana educators of all grade levels and disciplines so that they are well prepared to teach geographic concepts, knowledge, and skills. We offer 4-hour workshops that are designed for a variety of teaching styles and settings. All of our workshops are taught by GISP Certified Instructors and are offered annually in the Spring and Winter. Already we have reached over 35 plus school districts and several hundred teachers have earned their CEU’s through our Teacher PD programs.


A core foundational professional development service to teach educators how to utilize the ArcGIS technology platform. GGI provides coaching, materials and resources to educators on a district wide level to reach critical mass. Our programs and services are designed for K-12 students and educators beginning with teacher PD and lesson plans for 3rd graders. READ MORE


The variety of high school programs, succeed best when GIS has been introduced at an early age.  Middle school is an ideal time to incorporate a robust GIS program across curricula content thus helping young minds develop critical thinking, project-based learning and service learning, all strong components of spatial thinking and the multidisciplinary aspect the GIS has to offer.


GGI is dedicated to fostering outreach and education in schools using and applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS technology) and Remote Sensing (RS) science and technologies in real world applications. We have worked with approximately 42 Louisiana school districts and their students, teachers and educators.

GGI has participated in several high school career nights, such as the one held at Lamar Dixon in 2017, where over 1000 students attended and learned about GIS IBCs. In addition, we participated in STEM Day at River Parishes Community College, an event co-sponsored by Girl Scouts Louisiana East. At this event 54 girl scouts experienced a college environment and participated in hands-on activities featuring science, technology, engineering and math, a news release said. Activities included virtual welding, environmental science and geographic information system technology.

In addition to these student-based projects, we have also featured GIS programs at Dutchtown High School and River Parishes Community College. In these venues we teach students how to fly drones and collect data in the field utilizing the Collector for ArcGIS. We look forward to our continued partnership with Ascension Parish and participating in the many opportunities it has offered GGI.

Do you want to know more about how high school students are implementing GIS technology? Read more about how St. Aloysius Catholic School; St. Thomas Moore, Lafayette; Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School; Hammond High Magnet School; Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Maps and Apps GIS Summer Program; the Dutchtown High School; and River Parishes Community College in Baton Rouge are teaching students real world applications.


Jumpstart is an innovative career and technical education (CTE) program in Louisiana that teaches students academic content and workplace “soft skills” so that they can earn certifications in high-wage/high-demand career sectors while in high school. With the goal of pursuing future education (in 2- and 4- year colleges) and securing employment, students are required to attain industry-valued credentials in order to graduate with a Career Diploma.  The BESE Board recently approved Jump Start 2.0, as part of that approval our GIS Industry-Based Certification was placed in 6 of the 11 Pathways.  


Internships are universal courses, they apply to every Jump Start graduation pathway.  As part of our Industry Partner relationship we  are actively securing Internships in several of WIC-approved high-demand industry sectors such as Information Technology, Transportation and Logistics to name a few. These Internships are identified as Career Development Fund (CDF) Qualifying Internships according to the LA DOE Believes website. 


In June, 2017 Louisiana Workforce Development approved LARSGIS Institute, dba Global Geospatial Institute, as the certifying agency for a statewide basic Industry-Based Certification in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).


The following industries partnered with GGI in the IBC application process. These industries use GIS for research, market analysis and spatial database development ultimately to make smarter decisions and solve complex problems. GIS professionals are problem solvers who apply technology to visualize data to reveal patterns which may otherwise go unnoticed. GIS is working in a field where something is different everyday.

  • C H Fenstermaker & Associates
  • Sigma Engineers and Constructors, Inc.
  • Louis Gilbert and Associates
  • LSU Office of Research & Economic Development
  • Louisiana of Agriculture and Forestry
  • NEI, Inc.
  • Turn Services
  • Providence Engineering
  • St. Tammany Parish Assessor’s Office
  • Owen & White, Inc.
  • City of Hammond Planning Department
  • St. John the Baptist Parish Planning and Zoning