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Anyone interested in the links between education and jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math fields is invited to a free think tank event later this month in Fayetteville.

The Arkansas STEM Coalition‘s 2024 Think Tank Northwest Arkansas is set for Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library Event Center.

The event will feature presentations, panel discussions and a roundtable designed to connect participants and further the larger purpose of preparing a well-equipped STEM workforce for high-demand, high-wage jobs across Arkansas. Businesses, educators and community members will all benefit from a day jam-packed with information and networking. Light breakfast and a box lunch will also be provided.

Agenda highlights include:

  • The View from Higher Ed: Preparing Students for STEM Careers.
  • STEM Business Partner Perspective: STEM Skills Employers Really Want!
  • K-12 STEM Partnerships: Good for Schools and Industry.
  • Presentations presentations about existing business partnerships and apprenticeship programs such asĀ Arkansas STRIVE and the Arkansas Center for Data Sciences apprenticeship and work-based learning programs
  • Tours of J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Center for Innovation: flight simulator, video production studio, fabrication and robotics lab, photography studio and more.

Register for the event online.

The Arkansas STEM Coalition is a statewide partnership of leaders from the corporate, education, government and community sectors which plans, encourages, coordinates and advocates for policies, strategies and programs that support excellence in STEM teaching and learning.

Its ultimate goal is expand the economy of Arkansas and produce higher paying jobs. The coalition’s mission aligns closely with Careers NWA, which works to connect schools and businesses to ensure the region’s students get the skills that they and their future employers need to thrive.