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  1. Connecting Educators to Industry

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Registration fee: $25.00 Registration is not complete without receipt of the registration fee.
     Your check for the registration fee will be cashed upon receipt. A refund will be issued to partner district teachers upon successful completion.

  2. GREC-Forrest City- 2019 McCommon Education Institute
    This two-day McCommon Institute  features some of the state's best-known speakers in education, as well as local speakers.  All participants will meet in a general session for a keynote address each morning and then divide into session groups in the afternoon on Day 1.  Speakers for the conference will include Dr. Sufna G. John, who is a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Keynote Day 1). Jared Hogue, Administrator for Dispute Resolution and Special Projects at the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit (Keynote Day 2).  A luncheon will be provided on Day 2 in the Fine Arts Center followed by a special presentation by ADE.