Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College and Grinnell High School have decided to establish a "Partnership in Education" with a goal of enhancing educational opportunities at both institutions.

Through this new partnership, the two schools are looking into new and creative ways to link their programming. The partnership will work on creating new connections, but will also focus on raising awareness of the many programs already in place.

This new educational collaboration is just one example of a renewed emphasis on partnership between town and college. The college has expanded the scope of the Office of Community Enhancement and changed its name to the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement, reaffirming its 150-year commitment to working with the Grinnell community.

In addition to coordinating new and existing town/college relationships such as the Partnership in Education, the office will continue to make significant contributions to community projects, such as new facilities at the high school, library, and medical center. It will also continue to administer the college's mini-grant program. The Community Mini Grant Program provides funding for small- to mid-scale projects designed to help Grinnell become a more attractive place to live, work and play. Applications for the grants are due by Feb. 1, 2010.

For more information about the Partnership in Education or the Community Mini Grant Program, please contact Monica Chavez-Silva, director of community enhancement, at 641-269-3900.