Thurmond Calls on Business Leaders and Tech Companies to Work with Schools to Better Prepare Students for the 21st Century Economy

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Thurmond Calls on Business Leaders and Tech Companies to Work with Schools to Better Prepare Students for the 21st Century Economy during a STEM Education Briefing 

Thurmond Focused on Increasing Student Interest and Achievement in STEM Subjects

Sacramento – On Friday, June 23, 2017, California Assembly Select Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Chair Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) hosted a briefing about engaging K-12 students in STEM classes.

“I would like to see our business leaders and technology companies work together with our schools to better prepare our students for a career in technology,” said Assemblymember Thurmond. “To help teachers prepare the next generation of STEM workers, we must provide the tools that will help schools bring professional experiences to classrooms. Having this meeting was a great start to understanding how far we have to go to integrate more students into STEM programs. I invite business leaders and educators to join the conversation about how we can increase student interest and achievement in STEM education.”

The briefing brought together leaders from the sectors of government, education, and business. San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Commissioner Matt Haney made a presentation about SFUSDs “Computer Science for All Students in SF” program, which reaches all students in SFUSD from pre-kindergarten to twelve grades.  Also in attendance were Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco); Eileen Yang, Genentech; Dr. Allison Scott, Kapor Center; and Geoffrey B. Sears, Wareham Development.

The briefing was held at the California State building in the Governor’s Conference Room in San Francisco, California.

If you have any interest in participating or attending future STEM panels/discussions contact me via email: Mary Nicely and Isabella Gonzalez-Potter or 916-319-2015

For information regarding this press release contact Ayodeji Taylor at 916-319-2015

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents the 15th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Tara Hills, and a portion of Oakland.

 

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