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Branstad Announces First-of-its-kind Iowa History Course

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad while visiting the University of Iowa campus Thursday announced a new collaboration to offer college and university students statewide the opportunity to take a first-of-its-kind Iowa history course.

The course is the product of collaboration between the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the University of Iowa and initially will be available online in the spring for students at Iowa's independent colleges.

It subsequently will be made available online by the UI to any interested student or teacher. Students who take the course will earn college credit.

The course is the brainchild of Branstad, and the Iowa history curriculum is being developed by Tom Morain, on faculty at Graceland University in Lamoni.

The idea behind the course is to create "stronger communities."

"Communities that know and understand their own history are stronger communities for it," Branstad said.

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said the course will educate pupils on Iowa's "rich history," including its background on crop production and how it paved the way for today's work to meet nutritional needs around the world.

UI President Sally Mason said she's excited to be a part of the collaboration, and she looks forward to more projects in the future.