Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds recently announced that the Governor’s 2016 Future Ready Iowa Summit will be held on Tuesday, April 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines: https://governor.iowa.gov/2016/02/branstad-reynolds-announce-governor%E2%80%99s-2016-future-ready-iowa-summit.
The purpose of the summit is to elevate the statewide conversation about how to build on the work underway to close the skills gap. It’s critical to assure that more students and workers have the career opportunities they deserve, and that business and industry can hire the skilled employees they need. The keynote speaker for the summit is Andreas Schleicher, a global expert on education and skills at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Other featured speakers include Jamie Merisotis, president of the Lumina Foundation, Mary Andringa, chair of the board of Vermeer Corporation, and Byron Auguste, co-founder of Opportunity@Work. Students, educators, and business and labor leaders from across the state are among those who will serve on panels at the summit.
How could we encourage more young people to launch their careers in Iowa? That’s the question we’re asking students to answer in the Governor’s 2016 Future Ready Iowa Summit video contest. Prizes range from $1,000 for first place to $250 for fourth place. Learn more at https://futurereadyiowa.gov/future-ready-iowa-student-video-contest-overview.
You can find the full agenda, the registration link, video contest rules and other information on the summit website: https://futurereadyiowa.gov/. Registration is required for attendance.