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Connecting Educators to Industry

Open to teachers K-12. Recommended for teachers 6-12.

You may have heard about the “skills gap” in Arkansas. This means the state’s skilled professional workforce is aging and the next generation of new talent is not sufficient to meet industry demand, especially in skilled manufacturing and technical trades. The Arkansas Chamber of Commerce reported in 2016 that there are an estimated 5.6 million job openings nationwide, with approximately 60,000 of these unfilled positions in Arkansas in highly skilled technical fields.

In response, Economics Arkansas in 2016 launched a new series of workshops to connect educators to industry representatives. Teachers hear from employers about what they can do to make sure their students are adequately prepared for the demands of the work place.

Upon successful completion, participating educators receive 6 hours of Professional Development credit, as well as all appropriate hand-outs and resources.

Teachers~~~Sign up for this workshop!! This is the most rewarding, informative, and eye-opening workshop you can attend. You get to know industry leaders in your community and tour industry manufacturing plants that you would never get to step foot in if you didn't attend this workshop. Get to ask questions and learn about the industry in your community, form those relationships, invite them to your classroom to speak! I learned so much about the two industries that I toured at this workshop last week. It was so informative and fun!! Don't miss out!!!

Samantha Prince. Pottsville School District. 2019

Join us for our 2019 Connecting workshops:

June 10, Russellville

June 24, Little Rock

July 24, Arkadelphia

July 25, Searcy


Photo from 2013 REAL Conference

View photos from our 2017 workshops

June 13, 2017, South Ark Community College, El Dorado

June 15, UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Mgt. Institute, Little Rock

June 20, Nabholz Corp, Conway

June 22, UA Fort Smith Baldor Technology, Fort Smith

June 27, Henderson State University, Hot Springs