Global Geospatial Institute is the only accredited agency approved by Louisiana Workforce Investment Council to educate Louisiana students for an Industry-Based Certification program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).


4-H is a community of young people across America who learn leadership, citizenship and life skills through non-formal, research-based experimental education activities. The Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program specifically offers youth opportunities to interact with science, engineering and technology through hands-on demonstrations, problem solving, personal in-depth projects and career exploration.

Each summer, through our partnership with LSU Ag Center 4H, GGI offers GIS sessions through the 4H University Clover College (a noncompetitive learning event which includes seven hours of instruction over 3 days). Topics such as: ArcGIS Online, Arc Collector App, All About Learning and Flying Drones, indebt tour of Remote Sensing lab are taught in this exciting event.

Through GGI, Clover College participants were introduced to the 4H National GIS/GPS Leadership Team for the first time in 2017. Want to know more about Vibriyogn Epuri, a student from Hammond High Magnet School who was invited to collaborate on a GIS service project involving tidal pools in San Diego Bay and at the Cabrillo National Monument (US National Park Service)? READ MORE

Currently, we are planning our next awesome GIS projects produced by high school students. If you are interested in learning even more about the possibilities, watch this short video.

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


LOUISIANA GEOGRAPHIC EDUCATORS ALLIANCE (LAGEA) – 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 school teachers and several hundred teachers have earned their CEU’s through our PD programs.

MIGHTY MAPS INSTITUTE – 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. READ MORE

HIGH SCHOOLS – GGI is dedicated to fostering outreach and education in schools using and applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) science and technologies in real world applications. We have worked with approximately 35 school districts in Louisiana teachers and schools statewide.

JUMPSTART - 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. All Jump Start graduation pathways have the same structure – 9 CTE course credits from an approved course progression (Source LADOE website).

INTERNSHIPS - 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.


The following industries partnered with GGI in the IBC application process. These industries utilize GIS daily to conduct research, market analysis, and businesses spatial database development.

  • Fenstermaker
  • 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

LA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT - In June, 2017 Louisiana Workforce Development approved LAR GIS as a submitting entity for a statewide basic Industry-Based Certification in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).