Crawford to launch education and manufacturers tour

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Washington D.C. – On Thursday, July 13, Representative Rick Crawford (AR-01) announced his second annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Manufacturers Tour in the 1st District of Arkansas. The kickoff event is Monday, July 17th and the tour concludes Friday, July 21st. Approximately 30 educators will tour 14 factories during the week-long tour.

Last year, Representative Rick Crawford led a group of approximately 20 1st District high school and community college educators on a tour of businesses and manufacturing facilities in Jonesboro, Paragould, Mountain Home, Blytheville, Osceola, Newark, Batesville, and Stuttgart.

Every year we have 1st District students who graduate without jobs, but at the same time, hundreds of technical jobs across the 1st District remain unfilled,” Representative Crawford said. “We have so many excellent, dynamic, and caring educators who want their kids to grow and succeed here at home, and what we’re trying to do is connect those educators to future employers and continue to build an education-to-career ecosystem in rural Arkansas.”

Crawford hosted the first tour last year after realizing the disconnect between STEM educators and manufacturers. A member of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, Crawford promotes and supports career and technical education throughout the U.S. Currently, there is a wide gap between jobs available in the field and workers qualified for the available positions in Arkansas. In fact, more than 82 percent of manufacturers in Arkansas report a moderate or serious shortage in skilled workers.

Students across the 1st District have different aspirations and learn differently: our education system should reflect that diversity. Some students don’t want to attend a four-year college while others do. For students of either path, STEM professions are increasingly in demand in our state’s economy, which is rapidly shifting to focus on information technology, advanced manufacturing, and bioscience. This tour is about leveraging STEM education to fill good jobs and to create an environment of opportunity in both our Delta and Ozark counties,” said Crawford.


Schedule for Representative Rick Crawford’s STEM & Manufacturer Tour

 

MONDAY, JULY 17TH: CRAIGHEAD COUNTY

 

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Kickoff Reception at ASTATE

(Cooper Alumni Center, 2600 Alumni Blvd, Jonesboro, AR 72401)

 

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Tour Camfil (3505 Airport Rd, Jonesboro, AR 72401)

 

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tour Frito-Lay (2810 Quality Way, Jonesboro, AR 72401)

 

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Tour Trinity Rail (3100 Trinity Road, Jonesboro, AR 72401)

 

2:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Tour Hytrol (2020 Hytrol St, Jonesboro, AR 72401)

 

Representative Crawford will speak at the Kickoff Reception before traveling to Washington for voting. Groups will be led by Crawford’s staff.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 18TH: STONE AND INDEPENDENCE COUNTIES

 

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Tour Fiber Energy Products (4004 Blue Collar Ln, Mountain View, AR 72560)

 

1:10 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Tour Future Fuel (2800 Gap Road, Batesville, AR 72501)

 

Groups will be led by Crawford’s staff.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19TH: ARKANSAS COUNTY

 

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Tour CAVU Aerospace (Stuttgart Municipal Airport 2000 Military Rd)

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tour Lennox (512 W Lennox Rd, Stuttgart, AR 72160)

 

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tour Riceland (2120 South Park Avenue, Stuttgart, AR 72160)

 

Groups will be led by Crawford’s staff.

  

THURSDAY, JULY 20TH: GREENE, RANDOLPH, and LAWRENCE COUNTIES

 

9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Tour Tenneco Monroe (1601 Highway 49B, Paragould, AR 72450)

 

1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Tour Pocahontas Aluminum (2001 Industrial Dr, Pocahontas, AR 72455)

 

2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Tour Custom Pak, Inc. (160 Miller Dr, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476)

 

Groups will be led by Crawford’s staff.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 21ST: MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

 

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tour Nucor (7301 East CR 142, Blytheville, AR 72315)

 

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tour Big River Steel (2027 State Hwy 198, Osceola, AR 72370)

 

Representative Crawford will return from voting in Washington and will lead Friday’s groups.

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Press Release – James Arnold, Congressman Crawford’s Office

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