P.O. Box 3447
Little Rock, AR 72203

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 launched a new series of workshops in 2016 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 workplace.

Upon successful completion of our summer opportunities, participating educators receive:

6 hours of Professional Development credit

Ready to use resources


$50 Stipend


2023 Connecting Workshops

Click to register!

June 6, Little Rock, Arkansas Farm Bureau

June 7, Russellville, Arkansas Tech University

June 14, North Little Rock,Innovation Hub

June 15, Little Rock, Port Authority

June 20, Monticello, University of Arkansas - Monticello

June 27, Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff Jefferson County Library System

July 6, Fort Smith, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

For a list of resources, click here.

Photos from 2022 Workshops

Photo from 2013 REAL Conference

June 21, 2022 - Arkadelphia

June 22, 2022 - Sherwood

June 23, 2022 - Little Rock

June 28, 2022 - Pine Bluff

August 12, 2022 - Van Buren

November 29, 2022 - Russellville



"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

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