Manufacturing companies to partner with Muscatine community schools, educating students about skilled trade jobs

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Muscatine, IA (KWQC) -- Governor Terry Branstad has announced several Iowa schools and manufacturing companies will partner in a new STEM program. It's an effort to give students an opportunity to learn more about jobs in skilled trade.

HNI Manufacturing is one of those companies, in that’s partnering with the Muscatine Community School district to give students a more hands experience of the skilled trade world.

The Iowa stem council will use $200,000 in grant money, to kick start the new program. HNI representatives say educating kids on skilled trade jobs is a great opportunity for everyone in the Muscatine community.

“Getting students excited about studying those types of subjects much earlier in their life, makes them excited about those career opportunities. We want young people to understand the great opportunities they have in manufacturing, not only in Muscatine, but certainly in the state of Iowa as well,” said HNI Vice President, Gary Carlson.

HNI representatives also say students at Muscatine community college involved in the program could earn up to 38 class credits.