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This Merced County superintendent was selected to expand computer science statewide

Planada Elementary School District Superintendent Jose L. Gonzalez, 44, has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the 23-member Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel.
Planada Elementary School District Superintendent Jose L. Gonzalez, 44, has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the 23-member Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel. Courtesy Merced County Office of Education

Gov. Jerry Brown has selected Planada Elementary School District Superintendent Jose L. Gonzalez to help promote more computer science education opportunities throughout the state, according to the Merced County Office of Education.

Gonzalez, a 44-year-old Atwater resident, was appointed to the 23-member Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel, which will recommend how to widen opportunities for computer science education in classrooms to the Department of Education.

"I'm excited and honored with the opportunity," Gonzalez said in a MCOE news release. "It's no just about me or Planada; I am a voice for the San Joaquin Valley."

About 1.4 million computer science jobs go unfilled in the state, according to the release. The advisory panel is an attempt to fill the gap.

The goal is to introduce basic computer thinking skills at lower, elementary levels of education, and continue to high-level coding and computer program-writing skills, according to the release.

Among the tasks of the panel is to develop a computer science credential for educators, the release states.

The panel, which gives no compensation to its members, will meet twice per month in Sacramento until it's tasks are accomplished.

In addition to being a seven-year superintendent for the Planada Elementary School District, Gonzalez was the Ballico Cressey Elementary School District superintendent for four years, served several positions in the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District for three years, and was a an English-language learner science teacher at Livingston High School for seven years.

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