Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva Funds STEM Education for Orange County STARBASE Students

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

(Sacramento) — In further efforts to bring California tax dollars to Orange County, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D–Orange County) has secured a total of $1.7 million in funding for a critical Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education program to expand the STARBASE youth program at the Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos Department. While the federal government pays for all operating costs associated with STARBASE, the Department of Defense looked to Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva and the State of California to help provide classrooms for the program. The budget augmentation in this request will allow for the construction of a new 3,500 square foot building at the National Guard Base at Los Alamitos which will include two STARBASE classrooms that will allow an additional 2,000 students to attend the program each year, eliminating the waiting list for potential students.