RESERVE – St John the Baptist Public School, 4-H and the Global Geospatial Institute will celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. These partner organizations will celebrate innovative applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology in the analysis, visualization and knowledge acquisition in geospatial data and thought leadership in the field of geospatial technologies.
Over 20 years ago, Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, envisioned people collaborating and sharing how GIS affects everyone. This led to the creation of GIS Day, which was first observed in 1999. The explosion of geospatial technology since then has expanded this idea into a global event that shows how the geography and real-world applications of the GIS make a difference in business, government and society. It is a chance for organizations to share their achievements and inspire others to discover and use GIS.
Fran Harvey, director of the Global Geospatial Institute (GGI), the sponsoring organization of the GIS 4-H Tech Club at St. John the Baptist Public School (SJTB), says what is unique and a new component of this club is that it merges technology, GIS, with traditional 4-H youth governance and health nutrition programs. The mission of the Global Geospatial Institute is to develop students into lifelong learners able to live, compete and function successfully in a global society.
Over the past four years that the Louisiana Department of Education, Jump Start Summers, has been offered St. John the Baptist has benefited from the implementation and offering to our high school students of the ability to obtain statewide credentials.
In the summer of 2021 alone, St. John the Baptist Public School partnered with the Global Geospatial Institute and offered the GIS Entry Level course. All students who successfully completed the course obtained an Industry-Based Geographic Information System (GIS) Technician (IBC) entry level certification. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the students of SJBP with such an incredible opportunity and I hope we can continue the Jump Start programs for the future.
Ms. Magee, CTE District Coordinator, St. John the Baptist Public School, reportedly said “she is honored to continue to be involved with GIS in the celebration of GIS DAY. We hope this builds on from last summer and are able to offer another group of students the opportunity to participate by joining the GIS 4-H Tech Club. Each year, SJBP will strive to improve its engagement with industry partners and the Department of Education’s Jump Start Summers program with regards to career and technical education programs in Louisiana (CTE).
In November, GGI and SJTB Public School and GIS 4-H Tech Club will join hundreds of organizations around the world to host virtual gatherings that will celebrate the impactful work of GIS professionals and serve to ignite the imaginations of future innovators who will advance global progress. using GIS.
“GIS Day is a wonderful opportunity for professionals around the world to come together to share the amazing things they are doing,” said Dangermond. “This year, more than ever, GIS work has helped the world better understand and mitigate the impacts of unprecedented crises, including climate change and COVID-19. Organizations around the world participate in local events that help celebrate geospatial science and its positive impact on the real world. Our users should be proud of the work they do, which GIS Day is meant to highlight. “
For more information on how the Global Geospatial Institute innovates through the application of GIS, visit gginstitute.org or https://techclub-lagis12.opendata.arcgis.com. The GIS 4-H Tech Club will meet once a month at LaPlace, facilitators will be ESJH teacher Beverly Reed and the GGI team.