Iowa BIG celebrated receiving a $1,000,000 award from the XQ: Super School Project with a community celebration on Nov. 30 that also revealed news of the program’s expansion to include a third school district! More than 300 guests - including parents, educators, business representatives, and community leaders - toured the program’s new space at 415 12th Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids, where students were on hand to share information about their learning projects.
Iowa BIG is a partnership between the Cedar Rapids Community School District and College Community School District to provide contextually-rich learning options for high school students. Students earn core academic credit and build their college and professional resumes by engaging in authentic projects in and with businesses and the community. During Wednesday’s program, it was announced that the Linn-Mar Community School District will join the program starting in the fall of 2017.
“This is truly a community program,” said Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent. “We’re thankful for all of our partners and excited to welcome Linn Mar as we continue to provide additional, rigorous pathways for future students success.”
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