Gov. Reynolds announces the 2021 Future Ready Iowa Summit

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

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,” said Ms. Reynolds, Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council co-chair. “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, to be keynoted at lunch by STEM advocate Emily Calandrelli, host and co-executive producer of the hit Netflix series “Emily’s Wonder Lab,” will also include presentations by:

  • Ms. 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

For a full agenda of the speakers, breakout sessions and events, view the agenda here.