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Registration under way for September Future Ready Iowa Summit

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the 2021 statewide Future Ready Iowa Summit focused on “Transforming Education for the Workforce” will be held on Sept. 16 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Presented by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, the summit will focus on connecting Iowa educators and employers to expand work-based learning and computer science as critical aspects of STEM education.

“Authentic, work-based learning is critical for preparing a skilled, qualified and innovative workforce that meets Iowa’s future needs,” Gov. Reynolds said. “The summit sets the stage for making those connections and inspiring networks to establish learning environments that connect classroom learning to real-world career opportunities.”

The summit, which will be keynoted at lunch by renowned STEM advocate Emily Calandrelli, host and co-executive producer of the hit Netflix series “Emily’s Wonder Lab”, will also include presentations by:

  • Gov. Kim Reynolds and her STEM Council co-chair Diane Young, owner and director of technical services at Foundation Analytical Laboratory
  • Leaders across Iowa business, K-12 education, higher education, economic development, workforce development, community nonprofits, and professional organizations
  • Ninth-grader Langston Saint from West Middle School in Sioux City with a special challenge to attendees

View the full agenda of the summit’s speakers, breakout sessions and events. Registration is required.

The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. Substitute teacher reimbursement and licensure renewal credit through AEA Online is available at no additional cost.

The summit is made possible through generous support from private-sector partners: Alliant Energy, Collins Aerospace (keynote sponsor), Google, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Iowa Biotech Association, Iowa Board of Regents, Iowa Economic Development, School Administrators of Iowa and the Science Center of Iowa.

A reception for summit attendees will be hosted on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines.

Registration is now open and additional information can be found at

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 21, 2021 at 2:29am.