DMACC Receives Grant to Support STEM Education

Posted 5/13/2021

U.S. Sen. Ernst and Gov. Reynolds laud efforts to expand STEM offerings to students in Des Moines

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and Innovate Iowa today (Thur., May 13, 2021) announced an educational grant of $5,000 to Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) ​as part of their STEM Talent Pipeline grants. The virtual announcement was made by representatives from DMACC as well as keynote comments by U.S. Senator Joni Ernst and remarks by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

“I'm so proud to be a part of this grant announcement. This will undoubtedly be a great way to engage with Iowa's next generation of leaders and encourage young girls to pursue jobs in the STEM field," said Senator Joni Ernst. “The STEM field is changing and expanding every day with opportunities we couldn't have even imagined 10 or 15 years ago, so it's very exciting to think about the great work these students have ahead of them. We've seen workers in STEM fields leading the charge to develop treatments and vaccines for COVD-19 this past year, which is why it's so vital to support Iowa's STEM students today."

PhRMA and Innovate Iowa partnered with DMACC to award this vital funding to create DMACC's new Innovate Iowa Girls STEM Day. The event will be held this fall on the DMACC campus and 90 girls from area middle schools will be invited to attend to learn more about STEM education and opportunities.

“Des Moines Area Community College is very honored to receive this STEM Talent Pipeline grant," said Rob Denson, president of DMACC. “We offer 240 programs in 14 locations across central Iowa, including 145 programs in the STEM fields. On behalf of DMACC's over 36,000 students we would like to thank PhRMA and Innovate Iowa for this amazing opportunity to help educate our next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

“Supporting our STEM pipeline, particularly by encouraging young women to pursue careers in these fields has always been important to me. The biopharmaceutical industry is a crucial part of Iowa's economy, encompassing more than 21,000 jobs and I hope that number will only continue to grow," said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

“PhRMA represents the country's top biopharmaceutical research companies that allow the United States to be a leader in innovation, particularly in the fight to combat COVID-19. Programs like this are an excellent way for students to develop an interest in STEM careers. PhRMA is proud to support the DMACC and their commitment to offering students quality STEM education opportunities," said Hannah Loiacono, PhRMA.

This news release was distributed by PhRMA on May 13, 2021.

For more information, contact: Hannah Loiacono, newsroom@phrma.org

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