CBiRC’s pre-college education strategic plan is to form long-standing partnerships with central Iowa school districts and school districts located in relative proximity to CBiRC partner institutions. The pre-college programs focus primarily on grades 6–12 with a mission to effectively impart in the next generation of students the relevance of engineering professions; the skills required to succeed and the value in our technological society. The technical content of the pre-college education program will include the broader biorenewables area including both chemicals and biofuels.
CBiRC has developed a strong partnership with The Des Moines Public Schools District (DSMPSD), the largest district within Iowa (30,000 students, 63 schools 40% minority enrollment and over 50% students receiving free or reduced lunch). From the best practices learned through this partnership, the pre-college education program plans to seek new partnerships with smaller school districts in central Iowa. By 2013, CBiRC will engage with a selected school district in Albuquerque, NM, in partnership of University of New Mexico (UNM) and a selected school district in Houston, TX in partnership with Rice University, both core partner institutions of CBiRC.
CBiRC has partnered with The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) to create teacher professional learning communities within each school and between schools of the same district. These Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) formally meet once a quarter during time the district has dedicated to professional development activities.