OTTUMWA — The Indian Hills Community College Software Development program recently received a $5,000 scholarship donation from Kaiser-Francis Oil Company. Kaiser-Francis is a large independent oil and gas producing company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that develops all their own software in-house. Students from the IHCC Computer Software Development program are able to complete an internship with the Oklahoma firm.

The partnership Indian Hills has developed with Kaiser-Francis has created opportunities for these students. Blaire Siems, Executive Director of Foundation and Development at the Indian Hills Foundation, said Kaiser-Francis understands the importance of allowing students the chance to work in real-world situations. “The scholarship funds will help a new group of students reach their potential. The Indian Hills Foundation is thrilled that Kaiser-Francis has seen success with the students they’ve already had the pleasure of employing. It is our hope that some of our graduates can find full-time employment there and that other companies will see that Indian Hills graduates are hard-working and dedicated and make great additions to any organization,” Siems said.

Since the inception of the Indian Hills Foundation over $18.8 million has been awarded to more than 19,000 students. It is a goal of the Foundation to help students graduate with as little financial burden as possible.

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