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Local company emphasizes importance of STEM programs

Ritter Communications hosted a lunch and learn for JHS Wednesday (Source: KAIT) Ritter Communications hosted a lunch and learn for JHS Wednesday (Source: KAIT)
The luncheon focused on the importance of STEM courses (Source: KAIT) The luncheon focused on the importance of STEM courses (Source: KAIT)
Ritter Communications employees spoke with educators about what skills students need to obtain a career in telecommunications (Source: KAIT) Ritter Communications employees spoke with educators about what skills students need to obtain a career in telecommunications (Source: KAIT)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

There's a lot of back to school preparation going on in the area, and that includes the teachers too. 

Ritter Communications hosted a lunch and learn with Jonesboro Public Schools on Wednesday.

The main focus of the luncheon was STEM education.

Alan Morse, President of Ritter Communications, said that they want to help school faculty and staff understand what skills students need to find a career in the telecommunications industry.

"Increasingly we are all impacted by technology." said Morse, "Whether it's the internet or social media or the Cloud, or any of those technologies. They're becoming more pervasive in our society, so we see more and more jobs opening up in those categories of industry."

Morse said the company likes to recruit people from the area, but often times, they have to reach out nationally to find what they are looking for.

"We're going to need a pool of highly talented people to fill those jobs." said Morse, "And if we don't start the work with initiatives like the STEM Academy, those people won't be available for us."

Ritter has worked with several schools in the area, helping educate people on STEM courses.

Morse said that the STEM Academy at Jonesboro High School is an important part of Jonesboro's educational opportunities. 

"We think by supporting the STEM Academy, we can plant a seed in local high school student's minds about the fact that there are jobs available here locally." said Morse, "Good, high-paying jobs, sometimes six-figure jobs where they can apply those sorts of aptitudes and they don't have to go out of the city or leave town."

The luncheon hosted a panel of Ritter Communications employees who discussed their roles in the company, so educators could help better prepare their students for STEM jobs.

They also had speakers from the STEM Academy at Jonesboro High School, including several students.

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