08 Dec 2015 In the news: KSHB reports on Girls in Tech Posted at 11:16h in News by Callen Zind The Now KC: KC STEM Alliance inspiring young girls to explore opportunities in computer science By Alyson Bruner Watch the video here. KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new movement led by KC STEM Alliance hopes to encourage women to enter the STEM workforce by introducing elementary through high school-age girls to opportunities in the field. The Girls in Tech KC movement addresses an increasing demand for a qualified and diverse workforce to fill technology jobs in the Kansas City region. To read a full list of events throughout the week, click here. “The good news is that research also reveals effective ways to address the challenge,” said KC STEM Alliance’s Martha McCabe. “Doing so will help both employers who need a talented and diverse workforce and students who are looking for a solid and financially rewarding career path in our region.” According to 2014 data analyzed by the National Center for Women in Technology , women hold 57 percent of all professional occupations nationally. However, women represent only 26 percent of professional computing occupations and only 6 percent of Chief Information Officer positions. —— Alyson Bruner can be reached at email@example.com .