Sioux City, Iowa – Seaboard Triumph Foods ("STF") donated $400,000 to support college and career readiness programs offered at the Sioux City Career Academy. With 30 career pathways to pursue, the Sioux City Career Academy allows students to make a connection between their education and their future with meaningful, real-world experiences.
"We created the Sioux City Career Academy for our students to be successful and gain adaptable skills which will serve them as they enter a highly competitive workforce. The Sioux City Community School District understands that students today need knowledge and hands-on experiences to meet the demands of the ever-changing economy," Dr. Paul Gausman, Sioux City Community School District superintendent shares.
Each of the 30 pathways is a career-focused sequence of high school courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to post-secondary education and careers.
"We are extremely thankful for the commitment that Seaboard Triumph Foods has made to support excellence in education," says Kari Treinen, executive director, Sioux City Public Schools Foundation. "The investment made in our students shows leadership and vision for the future of our students and our community."
Career Academy classes are open to students enrolled at any of 15 area high schools including: Sioux City East, West, and North High, Bishop Heelan, Siouxland Community Christian, Hinton, Sergeant Bluff, Lawton-Bronson, Kingsley-Pierson, Akron-Westfield, Dakota Valley, South Sioux City, LeMars, Woodbury Central, and Westwood.
The STF donation to the Sioux City Career Academy allows for program expansion creating access for students to pursue college and career readiness. For the 2018-2019 school year, Career Academy program enrollment will increase from roughly 800 students to more than 1,500 students with the goal of continued program expansion.
"We support the innovation in education taking place at the Sioux City Career Academy developing 21st century skills for Siouxland students. It's an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to support the Sioux City Community School District and their efforts to help students succeed," says Mark Porter, chief operating officer for Seaboard Triumph Foods. "We are committed to quality education for the Siouxland community, the place we call home."
About Sioux City Public Schools Foundation
The Sioux City Public Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization which exists to support excellence in education for the Sioux City Community School District. Three areas of interest provide the primary focus for funding District programs: STEM education, Arts & Culture, and closing the equity gap in education. Established by volunteers in 2009 to support the Science Lab remodel at each high school, the Foundation works to support innovative programs which can't be achieved through limited state funding. Our mission is to help students and educators PreK – 12th grade BELIEVE … ACHIEVE … SUCCEED, while Sioux City Community Schools educate students to believe in their talents and skills, achieve academic excellence and succeed in reaching their potential. For more information, visit scpsf.org or call 712-224-7490.
About the Sioux City Community School District
The Sioux City Community School District exists to educate students to believe in their talents and skills, achieve academic excellence, and succeed in reaching their potential. Students of the Sioux City Community School District experience boundless opportunities at every grade level, that is because the Sioux City community school teachers guide every child to discover a love for learning. Serving nearly over 14,500 students annually, the District ensures our students develop the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills needed to be successful now and into the future. For more information visit siouxcityschools.org.
About Seaboard Triumph Foods
The Seaboard Triumph Foods Sioux City plant is equally owned by strategic partners Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods who connect every step between farms and family tables around the world to produce wholesome pork products, while ensuring the well-being of its animals, the environment, employees and communities.