Half of America’s workforce is at or near retirement age and there is not an existing workforce waiting to take the torch when called upon. Nonprofit organization Be Pro Be Proud knows that today’s students need to understand the full picture of career paths and continued training needed to make informed decisions about their individual futures. Throughout the past week, leaders in government and industry convened at the 21c Hotel in Bentonville at the Be Pro Be Proud National Conference to address best practices and opportunities to educate high school students on technical career paths.
The conference featured panel discussions led by Congressman French Hill (AR-2), Co-Chair of the Congressional Skilled American Workforce Caucus and Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-5), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, as well as a keynote address by United States Senator John Boozman of Arkansas. Conference attendees represented industry, government and economic development in Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.
To date, Be Pro Be Proud has hosted more than 175,000 students across three states with more than 61,000 students signing up to be connected with post-secondary technical educational opportunities and employment information with Be Pro Be Proud partners. Since 2016, Be Pro Be Proud has made more than 1,000 tour stops across roughly 300 cities engaging the next generation of pride, progress and professionals in the United States.
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