LANSING — Helping Lansing’s students improve their math scores just got a little easier, thanks to a partnership between the Information Technology Empowerment Center and Jackson National Life Insurance Co.

A $20,000 grant from Jackson National Community Fund will provide funding support for ITEC iMath, an inventive after-school tutoring program that combines computers and real people to get results.

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“IMath places innovation right in the classroom,” said Kirk Riley, ITEC’s executive director. “We empower students to grow academically, and our community benefits along with them. We’re stronger together.”

The ITEC iMath program builds both student abilities and attitudes toward math. Students use a Web-based program that adapts to the student, always presenting a challenge in a fun and engaging way. Pre- and post-assessments enable ITEC and Lansing schools to
understand student progress. IMath began in the fall of 2012, and tutors have seen students’ grade levels, on average, progress by two months after six hours of contact time.

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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.

Additional community partners join Jackson National Community Fund in supporting ITEC iMath in January too: Hungry Howie’s of Lansing provides a monthly iMath pizza party to reward students with perfect attendance, and Dean Transportation of Lansing donates safe, reliable bus transportation for students after the program.

The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) is a 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.

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