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The Iowa City Community School District is in the beginning stages of its Center for Innovation, a project-based learning initiative that will give students hands-on experiences that translate to the real world post-graduation. Employers in today’s market are seeing underdeveloped skill sets in recent graduates, and the ICCSD is hoping to rectify that with its students by targeting skills that transfer to a career, while providing tangible results from their learning experiences. “I think that the earlier exposure, and the better connections to how they see those skills being relevant, useful in their life is important,” said Matt Degner, Iowa City Community School District superintendent. “And then again, I think any of the topics that we do in education, always providing that relevance aspect and connecting it to the kids' purpose, or a problem that they're trying to solve…that’s becoming critically important.”