Assemblyman Rocky Chávez was appointed Tuesday to the California Task Force on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM).
The task force is responsible for recommending a "blueprint on how to improve teaching, learning, and equal access to STEM-related courses and careers for students in kindergarten through grade twelve."
Chávez said STEM education has always been a "priority" for him.
“There are few things more important than ensuring California’s children grow up learning skills that will give them the ability to successfully compete in today’s economy,” Chávez said. “Encouraging our children to become doctors, scientists or engineers is key to creating a prosperous future for our state. I am thrilled to be a part of the STEM Education Task Force.”
Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, superintendent/president of MiraCosta College in Oceanside administered the oath to Chávez during a small ceremony this past Friday.
"Assemblymember Chávez's background in education, coupled with his commitment to creating pathways to well-paying careers, make him a superb choice for appointment to the California Task Force on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, where he can assist the legislature in supporting California schools and STEM education efforts," Rodriguez said.
Chávez—who represents the 76th Assembly District, which includes Carlsbad, Encinitas and Oceanside—served as the Chief Education Officer for the School of Business and Technology, a charter High School in the Oceanside Unified School District from 2002-2008.