Assemblywoman Bonilla Holds Select Committee Hearing on STEM Education

Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) held a Select Committee on Increasing the Integration of STEM Education hearing on Thursday, October 23rd at Mills College in Oakland. The hearing, titled the Bay Area Regional STEM Education Summit: Advancing STEM through Public-Private Partnerships, served as the kickoff to the 4th Annual Bay Area Science Festival, a 10-day event filled with a wide range of science and technology activities.

“This hearing will produce actionable initiatives to advance STEM education throughout the Bay Area and beyond,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord).  “Our extensive list of confirmed panelists will produce a wide variety of perspectives on the best strategies and practices to improve STEM education and increase investments for its expansion.”

The Bay Area Regional STEM Education Summit brought together a diverse group of education, industry and government leaders to strategize policies, partnerships and investments that will strengthen STEM education throughout the Bay Area.  The hearing explored state policies that promote STEM, provide insightful dialogue from the perspective of educators, and encourage effective public-private partnerships.  In addition, the hearing featured presentations on the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant and the Career Pathways Trust, two state funded grant programs that support STEM learning.

“In a constantly shifting economy, it is important that public education reflects the necessary skills students will need in the workforce,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.  “STEM education does just that – it prepares students for the 21st century economy.  It is essential that we continue to develop and expand these programs, with public-private partnerships being an integral part of the process.”

Among those participating in the panels were executives from the Bay Area Council, Bayer, Hewlett-Packard, Wareham Development, various leaders from K-12, higher education and STEM organizations, as well as current and former legislative officials.