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Computer Science Education Week Promotes Tech Talent

by Lexi Ryan | Dec 20, 2018

At a time when development and attraction of tech talent drives economic competitiveness, the Kansas City region is hitting the gas to cultivate the digital workforce of the future.

The KC Tech Council is building Kansas City’s status as the leading tech hub of the Midwest. The group hosted a regional promotional campaign for Computer Science Education Week the first week of December to inspire computer science interest in students K-12.

The movement was motivated by the growing demand for a workforce with strong computer science skills. Companies around the KC region were sent a “Flat Cassie” cut out and a promotional kit prompting an area discussion on the impact and importance of computer science education. To see the conversation, check out #CSEdWeekKC on Twitter.

Kansas City offers a deep pool of tech talent, with 2,000 annually receiving a bachelor’s degree or higher from regional universities and colleges in computer science fields. Additionally, there are 6,000 computer grads annually receiving degrees in the surrounding six states.

The demand for computer science skills grows faster than the supply, and the KC region is equipped with tech talent opportunities, as well as building and retaining the tech talent.

KCADC’s talent initiative, TeamKC: Life+Talent, was recognized in July by the Wall Street Journal for its cutting-edge talent retention tactics. When DST Systems announced it would eliminate six percent of its workforce, TeamKC jumped into action. More than 150 individuals submitted resumes to KC Career Network, a resume sharing platform typically used to assist trailing spouses and individuals new the KC region in finding work. More than 40 individuals have responded so far saying they found jobs.

Learn more about KC’s technology workforce: http://thinkkc.com/business/industries/technology.  

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