Governor's 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit

The Governor's 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit was hosted by Future Ready Iowa and the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council. This event brought together leaders from business and industry, education, nonprofits, elected officials, students and others to amplify the public conversation about transforming education and the workforce with a focus on expanding work-based learning and computer science instruction.


The general session featured 23 different speakers and 18 exhibits offered engaging and hands-on activities demonstrating a school+business partnership as part of the "Showcase of Work-Based Learning." In the afternoon, attendees had the option to attend one of eleven breakout sessions focused on work-based learning.



Nearly 1,000 leaders gathered at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on April 3, 2018, to join the discussion on the following topics:

  • How state and national trends are shaping change in a knowledge economy
  • The importance of expanding high-quality authentic work-based learning experiences
  • Ways for better connecting more students with future careers
  • Why rapidly expanding computer science instruction is necessary in our schools

Videos from keynote speakers and breakout sessions can be found at this link.