LAS VEGAS – February 20, 2019 – Nevada’s economic future is directly tied to the success of the state’s public education system, the achievement of its students, as well as the availability of an educated workforce capable of meeting the demands of advancing technologies.
Southern Nevada business leaders are strongly encouraged to gain an understanding of the issues, challenges and successes of the public education system, and also learn what role the business community can play in accelerating these efforts by attending The 2019 Business + Education (BE) Engaged Summit on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
The BE Engaged Summit will run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. with one 15 minute intermission. A continental breakfast is available prior to the event beginning at 7 a.m. Tickets are $20 and available online at The Smith Center or available at the door on the day of the event.
Now in its third year and supported by local chambers of commerce, business and community organizations, the BE Engaged Summit is presented by a group of volunteers who support increased student achievement and educational outcomes that will advance Nevada’s long-term economic growth. The event was founded by Bank of Nevada CEO John Guedry and his wife Debra, a former public school teacher.
“How the public education system is preparing students for the future workforce should be of interest to every business leader in Southern Nevada,” said John Guedry, Bank of Nevada. “Our state — and our economy — will benefit by working with educators, legislators and others to improve student achievement and ensure the region has an educated workforce able to compete with other states, other regions and countries around the world.”
BE Engaged attendees will gain a greater understanding of several programs that are increasing STEM learning among young students, and helping students see the connection between what they learn in school and possible future careers. In addition, discussions will address the efforts underway to better prepare public school students to be career or college ready at graduation.
This year, a significant portion of the event will be focused on discussions that illustrate what the business community can do to support the public school system. Presentations will include an overview of legislative actions that could benefit public schools and business objectives, and how these opportunities can be supported. In addition, business leaders will learn how companies can support the Clark County School District’s (CCSD) updated strategic plan and higher student achievement goals by adopting a school, becoming a mentor, and working to engage their employees who have students in CCSD.
Business leaders will also hear from two nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in preparing public school students for the future.
The Green Our Planet School Gardens Program has significantly increased Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) learning, and financial literacy skills among students at 160 Clark County School District elementary and middle schools.
Also, The STEM Academy’s Corporate Connections Program is giving middle school students the opportunity to see the connection between their educational performance and success in a future career. Students complete a virtual or hands-on project that is tied to curricular standards and represents problem-solving in a career in our local market. The students are then provided a certificate for competency achievement.
The 2019 Business + Education (BE) Engaged Summit is sponsored by Bank of Nevada and supported by the following organizations, including: Asian Chamber of Commerce, Clark County Public Education Foundation, Clark County School District, Council for a Better Nevada, Guinn Center for Policy Priorities, Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Latin Chamber of Commerce, Red 7 Communications, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Squeez Marketing, Urban Chamber of Commerce, and the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Nevada. VegasPBS is the exclusive media sponsor.