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Register for the Future Ready Iowa Summit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

One of Iowa’s biggest challenges is closing the skills gap: While there are more jobs in thriving industries, there aren’t enough workers with the right skills to fill them. This hampers economic growth.  

Finding solutions will be the focus of the April 19 Governor’s 2016 Future Ready Iowa Summit at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. The all-day summit is open to the public, with space for about 1,000.

The summit is designed to attract a broad cross-section of Iowans, including business, labor and nonprofit leaders; educators, students and parents; and state and local policymakers. The summit website,, includes registration details.

The summit’s keynote speaker 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 Corp., and Byron Auguste, co-founder of Opportunity@Work.

Students, educators, business and labor leaders, and entrepreneurs from around the state and nation are among other speakers and panelists. Audience questions and answers will wrap up each session.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 18, 2018 at 8:28pm.