At Inland Empire Town Hall Thurmond Pledges to Bring Tech Jobs and Training

Press Release

Fontana, Calif. – October 12, 2018 – Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, spoke at an education town hall in Fontana this week and pledged to bring tech jobs and training programs to the Inland Empire if elected. The town hall was hosted by State Senator Connie Leyva.

“There are emerging opportunities for our kids in science, technology, engineering and math fields,” said Thurmond. “But the Inland Empire will not have equal access to those opportunities if we do not bring the tech industry to them. That’s why I’m committing today to work with my legislative colleagues and private industry to launch an initiative that will bring jobs in engineering, biotech, and other tech fields to the Inland Empire, and create a pipeline with career technical education programs.”

Thurmond said that the Inland Empire has had fewer opportunities in tech, but the tech industry should be attracted by the diverse pool of applicants that the area has to offer. Thurmond serves as chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education. In that role Thurmond introduced legislation to increase STEM education funding by $200 million and secured $150 million in the state budget for career technical education.

“I’ve already been working with companies that are interested in our tech jobs initiative,” said Thurmond. “Working together with the tech industry, government, and public education, we’ll be able to create real opportunities for high-paying jobs in the 21st century for our kids and increase diversity in the tech industry.”

UC Riverside Medical School is looking for partners to help expand their programs to prepare people to work in the life sciences. Other STEM and biotech companies that want to be a part of Thurmond’s jobs initiative in the Inland Empire should contact

Thurmond is on the ballot for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the 2018 November general election.