Northwest Arkansas STEM Ecosystem
The Northwest Arkansas (NWA) STEM Ecosystem is increasing STEM awareness, education, and sharing of best practices among all regional stakeholders including business, education, government, and philanthropic partners. Only through our collective and intentional efforts can we establish a well-prepared pipeline of employees ready to fill STEM-related jobs and careers dependent on the latest technologies and twenty-first-century skill sets, mind-sets, and tool sets. Forbes recently ranked Northwest Arkansas at No. 3 among the nation’s medium-sized cities for white-collar job growth. Fortune 500 companies including Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt Transport Services are headquartered in the region and offer numerous STEM-based career opportunities, but the local workforce is not filling job openings quickly enough. STEM education at all levels – preK through adult continuing education – is where the solution to this dilemma lies.