Apollo Education Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) today announced it will join with STEMconnector to participate in the third annual Global STEM Talent Summit at Gallup World Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 2016. This year's event kicks off STEMconnector's new three-year strategic plan that activates private sector collaboration to mitigate the STEM workforce shortage. The summit will bring together leaders in business, education and government to explore models to address talent development with a focus on emerging markets that offer high growth potential for multi-national corporations.

As part of the summit's executive panel discussion on "Professional Development Models for Retaining High-Skill Workers," Apollo Education Group's chief professional development officer Steve Rae will address opportunities for organizations to strategically execute experiential learning and performance management programs to build and retain a STEM workforce. During the summit Rae will also unveil details of a position piece on experiential learning and professional development, urging employers to act now and begin the process of meaningful talent development within their organization and industry.

"Despite the global focus on STEM education, significant talent shortages persist around the world, and employers are feeling the pressure to find and keep employees with the right mix of hard and soft skills," said Rae. "Retention and workforce development are especially critical in STEM fields; organizations that want to be competitive must make the commitment to integrate learning into the corporate culture, and that has to go beyond treating professional development as a 'nice to have.'"

"Many visionary business leaders today have STEM backgrounds," said Ruth Veloria, executive dean for University of Phoenix School of Business. "STEM and business skills cannot be mutually exclusive; organizations need diverse workers who understand how STEM and business intersect. University of Phoenix is committed to working with organizations like STEMconnector to develop a pipeline of STEM-educated professionals who can apply their talent to innovate global business."

The summit will also mark the launch of the"Good Jobs" report, STEMconnector's "100 Leaders in STEM" report and a STEM Global Talent Hub. These industry resources are designed to change the global conversation around the STEM talent gap and motivate action by providing key industry insights and resources to support employers.

"Apollo Education Group will use the STEMconnector summit to share best practices in talent development with major employers around the world to build, educate and train their workforces," said Greg Cappelli, chief executive officer of Apollo Education Group. "As the knowledge required for professional and business success becomes more technical and more varied, it is critical that education works with business to prepare global STEM thought leaders across major corporations to keep our economy globally competitive."

Employers at the 2016 Global STEM Talent Summit represent the significant worldwide economic power of corporations coming together to execute a three-year commitment to helping prepare the next generation of talent to drive innovation and economic growth.

Apollo Education Group specializes in B2B professional development and training programs that meet the needs of employers and leverage technology to innovate and improve teaching and learning for employees. For more information on Apollo Education Group, Inc. please visit www.apollo.edu.

About Apollo Education Group, Inc.

Apollo Education Group, Inc. is one of the world's largest private education providers, serving students since 1973. Through its subsidiaries, Apollo Education Group offers undergraduate, graduate, professional development and other nondegree educational programs and services, online and on-campus principally to working learners. Its educational programs and services are offered throughout the United States and in Europe, Australia, Latin America, Africa and Asia, as well as online throughout the world. For more information about Apollo Education Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit the Company's website at  www.apollo.edu .

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