Prospective Partners

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Iowa BIG?

Iowa BIG is a program designed to help high school students lead their own learning journey and discover their gifts, talents, and interests.

BIG is designed to engage students within their community, help students build professional networks, and realize the Corridor is a great place to live and work.

BIG was created by our community, for our community.

i am iowabig.

Video by Kyle Duane Kazimour at Ambivalence Studios

Why should I consider partnering with BIG?

There are several reasons to partner with BIG.

  • Partnering with BIG helps to develop our future workforce.
  • Students can help your organization tackle important, non-mission critical projects and initiatives.
  • Our students thrive when working on authentic, real projects within our community.
  • Partnering with BIG helps students appreciate your organization and the work you do.

What is a BIG project?

Projects at BIG are real.  Students complete projects for real audiences with real outcomes and real expectations.  Projects are authentic learning experiences, not tasks.  Projects are initiatives students own and navigate with the guidance of you and our staff to create new opportunities.

It varies with every project and partner. The BIG staff works closely to set expectations up front for what amount of time you can put into the project.  

Sounds great!  But what’s my time commitment?

I want to help, but I don’t think I’m ready for a project just yet.

That’s okay! We could still use you! Learning is at the center of what we do, and we know you have expertise to share. While our team of teachers are highly knowledgeable, they can’t know it all. Our students and their projects often need the mentorship of professionals with real-world knowledge to help build skills and move forward.

But don’t just take our word for it.  Hear it from our past partners.

This is one of the most exciting and potentially game-changing things our community has done in the educational arena…VMI sees Iowa BIG as an essential element in our community’s development of a strong, home-grown STEM-based workforce.

Lura McBride

COO, Van Meter Inc.

Employers need people who can manage independent projects, who can understand multiple disciplines, and solve problems creatively. We are honored to be associated with this far-reaching initiative.

Dr. David McInally

President, Coe College


Our strategic partner developers would love to hear from you. 

Email Laura ( or Amanda ( to get the ball rolling.