SparkTank in Ottumwa looking for more businesses to get involved

Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 10:06 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -SparkTank is a program that groups students with local businesses and provides mentorship along with small projects.

Program Director Jeff Kirby says he's seen positive growth in the past two years.

“We’ve grown from twenty students first year to about a hundred students our second year and we’ve grown in terms of our business reach, our first year we worked with twenty businesses and our second year about thirty five to forty businesses our second year.”

He says the intention is to show students how to operate within a business

“Simple things like how do you shake hands, how do you introduce yourself, to more complex things like how do you run a meeting with adults.”

SparkTank has partnered with local businesses such as Noel Insurance, John Deere, and the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra.

Shea Greiner who is the chairperson of the symphony describes her positive experience working with the students.

“We’ve had fantastic work from these kids and they want to do a good job for you and its free.”

Greiner adds that her favorite thing about the program is the students.

“They get so excited because they’ve done such a great job and the finished project and reward they get from that is excellent.”

If you want to learn about the program visit their website at Ottumwa

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