April 2017 – Spring Community of Practice Convening

Spring National Community of Practice Convening

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
1 East Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO, 64108


Cultivating the STEM Workforce of the Future
Over two action-packed days, you’ll be inspired by an engaging agenda that mixes informative presentations from national leaders with ample opportunity to design your own implementation-ready STEM workforce development approach to launch in your community. Some agenda highlights include:

  • Speakers on Learn + Work (formerly Learn and Earn) sharing the latest trends and research in how to engage all learners about articulated career pathways that help your local workforce and economy thrive
  • The chance to learn from and connect with existing STEM workforce programs from our national partners such as The Urban League and The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)
  • Understanding how to engage with and optimize local business relationships, at all levels.
  • Inspiring stories from your fellow Ecosystems that have successfully connected their students, educational institutions and business and industry to address their local economic and workforce needs.

Who should attend?
As a member of the Community of Practice travel and registration fees for 2 people will be covered. Additional ecosystem members are encouraged to attend, as noted below. Please note that space is limited and registration for additional members is on a first-come first-serve basis (Remember, additional attendees are responsible for their travel, hotel and registrations costs.)

 (* Denotes those whom we encourage to attend. At least one of these and ideally 2 or more.  Others are up to the local community lead to determine).

  • *The Ecosystem Lead should always plan to attend
  • *Local leader from workforce (i.e. Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Investment Board (WIB), Economic Development leader) are strongly encouraged to attend as are…
  • *Local employer(s) with a vision and collaborative approach to problem solving are also strongly encouraged to attend
  • Local funders
  • Post-secondary leaders tasked with creating programming that is responsive to local workforce demands
  • Formal and informal educators including OST providers, STEM Rich Institutions