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2021 Connecting Educators to Industry Face to Face Workshop, Russellville

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
9:00 am4:00 pm

Russellville Blackbox Theatre, 2209 South Knoxville Ave. ,Russellville, AR 72802

Did you know that today’s skilled and professional workforce is aging out and the next generation of new talent is not sufficiently skilled to fill the demand? There are an estimated 5.6 million job openings nationwide, with approximately 60,000 of those in Arkansas. The majority are in high skilled technical fields and these jobs make up a vast majority of the manufacturing sector, a cornerstone of the state’s economy, and represent more than 90 percent of Arkansas’s exports. In addition, industries such as construction and trucking are also struggling to find qualified technical professionals. Unfortunately, there is a negative perception of these jobs held by the American public, so our goal is to change this perception by showcasing these outstanding job opportunities across the state.

The goal of Connecting Educators to Industry is to connect educators with industry experts in regions across the state by providing educators with research, data, and information that can be shared with students as they make decisions about future career paths in manufacturing, trucking, construction, agriculture and other industries in Arkansas.

The day includes a panel of industry leaders, a chance to learn more about the Be Pro Be Proud initiative, a tour of local industry and resources for the classroom.

This fun, fast paced, informative day will make a difference in the lives of many of your students! Don't miss out!

Upon successful completion, participants will receive:
• Six hours of ADE Certified Professional Development
• Grade level appropriate resources
•Opportunity to visit with industry leaders
• Lunch
• $50 Stipend*
*Stipend available to all certified teachers based on school district policy


Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. Because our programs are held at a variety of venues, we will follow any guidelines in place at the host locations regarding masks, temperature checks, and social distancing. Additionally, masks will be required in any instances where transportation is provided.