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Accenture Collaborates with Corteva Agriscience on Pilot Program to Bring Technology Skilling to Rural Iowa

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Accenture (NYSE:ACN) and Corteva Agriscience (NYSE:CTVA) announced today
during a press conference with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, a
collaboration bringing together non-profit groups, higher education
organizations, and government leaders to help individuals and educators
in Jefferson, Iowa, acquire technology skills while remaining in their
rural communities.

Together with the Des
Moines Area Community College
(DMACC), the pilot program is designed
to train students and educators in rural Jefferson – a community of
4,300 people 65 miles northwest of Des Moines – in high-demand,
high-value software development technology skills.

“The vibrant collaboration between our business professionals and
educators is preparing Iowans for cutting-edge careers in the
ever-changing 21st century economy,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Accenture and
Corteva Agriscience’s investment in Jefferson sends a clear message that
rural Iowa can be a tech hub to keep our young people here and attract

Starting in fall 2019, Corteva will fund 25 scholarships for students in
DMACC’s Computer
Languages program
where they will receive computer science training.
Upon completing their studies, select graduates will participate in a
four-month commercial software development training program at a new
office Accenture is opening in September 2019.

“Providing students and educators with technology skilling is good for
business, good for Jefferson and good for Iowa,” said Pallavi Verma,
senior managing director – Midwest, Accenture. “Together with Corteva
Agriscience and other like-minded organizations, we’re looking forward
to preparing Jefferson’s future workforce for the digital economy.”

“We are proud to provide 25 rural scholarships to Des Moines Area
Community College and fund training for local teachers in the types of
critical thinking skills and software development programs that will be
necessary for today’s youth to drive the future of sustainable
agriculture,” said Jim Alcombright, IT Digital and Platforms Lead,
Corteva Agriscience. “We’re looking forward to teaming with Accenture
and expect the students who participate in the company’s technology
training program to one day contribute new valuable digital tools that
better the agriculture industry.”

The Jefferson skilling and workforce development pilot program has also
attracted participation from Silicon Valley non-profit organization, The
, which will help the Greene County Community School District to
better prepare students for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,
Mathematics) careers. The Tech will conduct an in-person professional
development session sponsored by Corteva for Greene County educators on
June 6, 2019. The organization will continue to support curriculum
development and individual educators throughout the 2019-2020 school

“Many people who grow up in rural America feel they must inevitably
relocate to pursue their education,” said Linc Kroeger, Accenture
executive who leads the skilling and workforce rural revitalization
initiative in Jefferson. “We can keep talent in rural areas by helping
students gain valuable technology skills, which are critical for the
jobs of today and tomorrow.”

The pilot program was initiated by Pillar Technology, which was acquired
by Accenture in 2018 to strengthen its Industry
capabilities. Industry X.0 is the digital reinvention of
industry where businesses use advanced digital technologies to transform
core industrial operations, worker and customer experiences, and
business models. The new Jefferson location will be designed as a Pillar
Technology “Forge.”

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About Corteva Agriscience

Corteva Agriscience provides farmers around the world with the most
complete input portfolio in the industry to enable them to maximize
yield and profitability — including some of the most recognized brands
in agriculture: Pioneer®, Granular®, Brevant™
seeds, as well as award-winning Crop Protection products — while
bringing new products to market through its robust pipeline of active
chemistry and technologies. The company is committed to working with
stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to
enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring
progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an
independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the
Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at

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