Facebook announced this week education investment grants to multiple education institutions in the Des Moines area.
In one grant, Facebook is expanding its partnership with the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) by giving $97,000 to build a new, digital classroom to expand education opportunities to Iowa residents.
With the grant, DMACC will create a new digital classroom that creates online learning access and opportunities while easing the burden on students and instructors. The flexibility of digital, interactive learning will also encourage collaboration and exposure to new technologies, virtual sharing, and digital recording.
The grant expands an already existing between the DMACC and Facebook. Last year, DMACC and Facebook launched a customized Digital Marketing and Advertising curriculum. In September, Facebook announced it will continue funding those scholarships for the next two years.
Facebook also provides career counseling for students who take and complete the Digital Marketing and Advertising curriculum and will offer scholarships to students who earn their certificate in Digital Marketing. To date, 80 Iowa residents have taken or are taking these courses. The scholarship grants over the three years will be about $265,000 for Iowa students.
“DMACC is extremely proud of our partnership with Facebook and the impact we’re able to have on students because of it,” said Michael Hoffman, Executive Director of Continuing Education at DMACC, in the announcement. “Our new digital classroom will redefine the student experience, providing a collaborative atmosphere that empowers both faculty and students beyond limitations of a traditional classroom”.
Facebook is also providing a grant that will provide laptops for more than 1,100 students in the Bondurant-Farrar School District. This $355,000 grant enables every middle school and high school student in the district with the latest technology to afford the best opportunity for success.
Facebook will also give a $40,000 grant to the Southeast Polk School District for STEM education which will include teacher training.
Facebook will be launching its 2020 Community Action Grants which provide funding to organizations and schools in surrounding communities. In 2019, Facebook’s Community Grants Program provided over $200,000 in grants to local area schools and nonprofits. The 2020 application process will launch on November 4, 2019. Since breaking ground in 2013, Facebook has invested nearly $2 billion in its 3.5 million square foot Altoona Data Center.