Charles City, Iowa – Iowa BIG North, a new initiative uniting businesses and students, is beginning to take shape for Charles City, Osage, Rudd-Rockford, Marble Rock and New Hampton school districts.
The concept is a successful venture from Eastern Iowa where two school districts including Cedar Rapids Community School and College Community School District formed the original Iowa BIG program.
Thirty junior and senior students from three school districts are involved in the Iowa BIG program and are offered an opportunity to invest their afternoons in uniting students and area businesses. The students are tasked with developing solutions to authentic needs.
A media day was held on Wednesday in Charles City to talk about the Iowa Big Program. Instructors in three districts include Donna Forsyth of Charles City, Mike Kuennen of New Hampton and Matt Finn of Osage.
Osage senior Emma Williams talked about a project she would like to see come to fruition as a part of her involvement with Iowa BIG.
Williams said the Iowa BIG program will definitely help her prepare for college next year.
Just one of over 30 businesses participating in the Iowa BIG program is Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City. Nursing IT Coordinator Lisa Hintgen talked about how the hospital is hoping to benefit from the Iowa BIG program. She said she hopes the high school students will be able to mentor elementary students about health careers at Floyd County Medical Center.
The Iowa BIG program is funded by a grant in the amount of $25,000 which was awarded to the Charles City, New Hampton, Osage, and Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School districts.