LANSING — Two Lansing-area organizations are teaming up to make a measurable impact in the interest of local middle school students. A grant provided by the Jackson National Community Fund will help support ITEC’s K-12 educational programs focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math skills.

The $10,000 grant from Jackson National Life Insurance Company will provide funding for The ITEC Pathways project, which aims to serve 1,350 students in the greater Lansing area.

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“This grant from Jackson National Life Insurance and their ongoing support allows ITEC to fulfill its mission,” said ITEC executive director Kirk Riley. “We are able to continue providing Lansing-area residents with resources and knowledge to improve their performance and ability to compete in a fast-paced global economy.”

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Headquartered at the Foster Community Center in Lansing, ITEC works in classrooms around the community to offer students a stimulating hands-on environment to develop skills, increase educational performance, and foster confidence in their abilities. After school classes and summer camps cover topics such as Lego Robotics, Science of Game Design, Scratch Programming, Digital Media Arts, CS Unplugged, Geocaching and Water Quality.

Jackson National Life is a retirement services provider committed to contributing to the social and economic well-being of its communities. The Jackson National Community Fund invests in community enrichment programs, institutions of higher learning and charitable organizations, with a particular focus on organizations, programs and events dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and the elderly.

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The Information Technology Empowerment Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with students and families in the Greater Lansing area to build excitement for coursework and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. A collaborative partnership between community, business, education, and government, ITEC is making an impact in Lansing by developing the region’s talent. Learn more at