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Career Communications Group (CCG) has announced that two nationally recognized educational administrators will serve as co-chairs for future K-12 programs under Becoming An Engineer. CCG’s Becoming an Engineer: A Practical and Creative Guide to Planning a Career in Engineering is designed to introduce young readers to the exciting world of engineering and help them plan an engineering future.

CCG publications target students actively pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.  For more than three decades, CCG has promoted STEM as integral parts of global competitiveness and America’s advancement and its publications aim to engage diverse readers with information on jobs, professions, and forward-thinking role models in STEM fields.

Ms. Peggy Selma and Vice Admiral David Brewer will serve as Co-Chairs for future K-12 programs under Becoming An Engineer to help support and enhance the K-12 STEM pipeline and bridge the gap between educational institutions and the corporate and government entities that are continuously seeking diverse talent.

“The combined experience between the two co-chairs is exactly what we need to help propel our K-12 initiatives forward,” said Tyrone Taborn, CEO and founder of CCG. “Both of these leaders have shown great commitment to education throughout their respective careers. With their guidance, we hope programs like “Becoming An Engineer” help enhance the K-12 STEM pipeline. “

Ms. Selma retired after serving as principal of the 100 Academy of Excellence for four and a half years. Prior to that assignment, she served as a consultant for the Nevada Department of Education for five years. Previously, she was the senior executive of CSR Group, Inc, a leadership development and change management consulting firm that specializes in process improvement, conflict management, strategic planning & alignment, team and leader development, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Prior to serving in these positions, she was a professional development leader and administrator for the Los Angeles County and Los Angeles Unified School District in California from 1965-2002. In this capacity, she served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of curriculum development, and assistant superintendent.

Vice Adm. (ret) David L. Brewer III is a native of Farmville, Va. His distinguished naval career began in 1970 when he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy by the late Senator John Chafee (Rep.-R.I.), a former Secretary of the Navy. Brewer was a member of the first graduating class of the first Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps unit at Prairie View A&M University, a historically black university in Prairie View, Tex. Brewer rose to the rank of Vice Admiral in October 2002.

After his retirement from the Navy, Vice Admiral Brewer was unanimously selected as the 46th Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where he served from November 2006 to December 2008. LAUSD is the second-largest school district in the US, with over 700,000 students, 100,000 full and part-time employees, and over 800 schools. Under his leadership, the District had its highest academic gains in over five years, after four years of declining academic gains; the highest academic gains among the major school districts in California.

Vice Admiral Brewer continues to serve the youth of our nation as a national board member of Read to a Child (formerly Everybody Wins! USA). Read to a Child is a national literacy and one-on-one mentorship program, whose lunchtime reading model was championed by the late Senator Ted Kennedy.

Vice Admiral Brewer is also the President of the Jones High School (JHS) Foundation in Orlando Florida. The Foundation’s mission is to fund academic empowerment and enrichment programs for JHS students.

Click here to read Becoming an Engineer: A Practical and Creative Guide to Planning a Career in Engineering.

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