MVP for Iowa STEM: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Hy-Vee hots teacher-extern, Cindy Percival
One of the many ways that Hy-Vee supports STEM education is to host teacher-externs each summer. Cindy Percival, STEM teacher at Lewis Central Middle School, helped the company develop software for new product rollout in 2012.

Iowa STEM’s success in building a talented workforce pipeline is a credit, in part, to the strong support from Iowa’s business and industry sector. Whether through time, talent or treasures, the STEM Council’s corporate partners play a critical role in the sustainability of these efforts.

This month, Hy-Vee, Inc., yet another of Iowa’s leading and homegrown businesses, recognized the value in partnering with the STEM Council and invested $100,000 in the STEM Council’s work. This investment will support future STEM programming and events developed and administered by the STEM Council.

This is not the first and only way Hy-Vee has had a direct hand in the Iowa STEM movement. The company has helped sponsor two previous Iowa STEM Summit events, as well as the “Mom’s Night Out for STEM” events early on. Since 2010, Hy-Vee has hosted eight Teacher Externs with the STEM Council’s Real World Externships Program for teachers of mathematics, science and technology. The company even devoted an article in its fall 2014 issue of “Seasons” magazine (see page 76-77 http://www.hy-vee.com/webres/File/seasons_bts_14.pdf).

It is great to have Hy-Vee's helpful smile in the STEM aisle! For more information on how to connect with Iowa STEM, read our "Guidelines for Business-Education Partnerships in STEM" or contact Carrie Rankin, assistant director for development, at Rankin@IowaSTEM.gov.