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Merchants Sponsors STEM Project

January 22, 2019

Merchants Bonding Company is partnering with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ STEM Advisory Council and the Iowa Department of Education to help turn six high-poverty elementary schools into models of innovative computer science instruction as part of the new “Computer Science is Elementary” project. Each selected school will receive a $50,000 award thanks to private-sector sponsors like Merchants. 


Merchants Chief Information Officer Brad Rasmussen attended a press conference today with Governor Kim Reynolds to introduce the project, which aims to transform the schools with programs including career exploration with employer partners, no later than the 2020-21 school year. 


Of the program, Rasmussen said, “There is no better way to build our future than to invest in our kids today. It’s a great program that will pay dividends down the line, and I’m happy that we’re a part of it.” 


For additional information, visit: https://www.iowastem.gov/