Kern County has plenty of jobs available in the STEM field, but what it lacks is a skilled workforce to fill them, and women are disproportionately unrepresented in those jobs, according to the Kern Economic Development Foundation.

There’s a 10-percent shortfall of highly-trained employees regionally, something that frequently keeps large businesses that require Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-focused employees from setting up shop in Kern County, said KEDF Executive Director Cheryl Scott.

Harold Pierce covers education and health for The Californian. He can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter @RoldyPierce

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