Please join us Friday, April 26 at the Career Technical Education Center for the 2024 Career and STEM Expo. Click the links below for more information regarding registration or sponsorship opportunities.

On April 28, 2023, over 600 employers from a wide array of Kern County companies convened at the Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) in Bakersfield to engage with thousands of middle school and high school students from throughout the community. Students had their eyes opened to the wide range of careers available to them and the region’s employers had the opportunity to interact with the workforce of the future.

Kern County ranks 4th in the nation for STEM jobs thanks to the area’s prevalence of energy, agriculture, aerospace, defense, healthcare, and logistics industries.

Salaries for STEM workers in Kern County average more than $72,000, compared to $36,000 for non-STEM jobs.

STEM jobs in Kern County are highly attainable; more than half of them do not require a four-year degree.


Call or email Olivia Franzen for more information


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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2700 M Street, Suite 200
Bakersfield, CA 93301

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