Kern County’s Economy is demanding a better-prepared workforce.

The Kern Economic Development Foundation is here to help.

KEDF is dedicated to connecting education initiatives, community partnerships, and business leaders on projects to develop the local workforce to meet the needs of the local economy.

Kern County is 4th in the Nation for STEM jobs

Source: Brookings Institution

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Kern Economic Development Corporation

Kern Economic Development Corporation (Kern EDC) is a public-private partnership that brings together private businesses, education, elected officials, and non-profit organizations for the purpose of a single goal: creating a strong and diverse economy for Kern County.

Kern Intern Connections

Kern Intern Connections (KIC) is a regional talent retention and workforce quality initiative. KIC's goal is to expand internship opportunities in Kern County by offering support to local employers and connecting local students with STEM based internships.

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Kern Economic Development Foundation

KEDF is dedicated to connecting education initiatives, community partnerships, and business leaders on projects to develop the local workforce to meet the needs of the local economy.

KEDF links business, education, and the community partners on STEM-related initiatives and projects to foster a robust talent pipeline for Kern County.

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Richard Chapman
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Olivia Franzen
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Bakersfield, CA 93301

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