November 10, 2016

The IKM-Manning Community School District was one of 10 recipients of a $25,000 Science, Math, Engineering and Technology grant.

The award is through the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers — or BEST — program.

In recent years, IKM-Manning has joined many other districts in more intensive curriculum emphasizing hands-on science, math, engineering and technology skills and experience, from kindergarten up through high school, with the intent of teaching students about and preparing them for science and technology careers.

“Iowa companies must be able to hire enough skilled workers so they can grow and innovate, and more Iowans deserve to have the skills needed for rewarding careers,” Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, co-chair of the council, said in a news release.

Each of the 14 schools that applied for the grant submitted a proposal explaining its STEM curriculum and how it contributes to the industry.

IKM-Manning was the only school in the southwest region to receive a grant. The program connects schools and businesses.

“STEM BEST fosters an environment where communities match the needs of the local workforce to the skills students learn and gain in the classroom,” Kemin Industries president and CEO Chris Nelson, also a council co-chair, said in the release.

“Creating these school-business partnerships is a key priority of the STEM Council with the belief that they will meet the STEM career demand in their communities and shape the future of Iowa’s economy.”