Assemblyman Obernolte Introduces Bill to Recognize High School Student Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Obernolte (R-Hesperia) announced introducing a bill that recognizes students’ excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related courses and curriculum through a new seal on high school diplomas.

“STEM courses are some of the most challenging classes offered in our high schools,” Assemblyman Obernolte said. “By receiving a STEM Seal on a diploma or transcript, students will be better positioned to find good paying jobs in STEM-related fields as well as be recognized for their hard work and success. But more importantly, there is a growing demand for these types of careers in California and we must ensure that we are graduating enough students proficient in the STEM fields to meet the needs of our workforce.”

AB 28 will create the State Seal of STEM which may be affixed to the diploma and transcript of high school students who demonstrate proficiency in STEM courses. In order to qualify for the Seal, students must meet certain thresholds (including four years of math and science) and must prove proficiency in STEM courses through their GPA and standardized test scores. There is currently a high demand for STEM field jobs in California with a projected 19 percent increase expected over the next decade. This bill is an important tool intended to increase students’ motivation and engagement in these fields.

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville.

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