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By Stuart Day, Dean, KU Edwards Campus and KU School of Professional Studies

By Stuart Day, Dean, KU Edwards Campus and KU School of Professional Studies

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates many realities our society was already facing. Not the least of these are access to education, financial stress, disparities in technological capabilities, racial injustice and the unique needs of nontraditional students.

JCERT graduate program enrollment growth at KUEC

Year-over-year enrollment figures for JCERT-supported programs demonstrate the area’s demand for an educated, skilled workforce.

The latest KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) enrollment news reveals an 18.5% year-over-year increase in graduate degree and certificate programs supported by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT). 

Elly Richardson presents his honors program research to KU Edwards Campus staff. His JCERT scholarship enabled him to support his heavy credit load in the information technology program.

Despite their storied rivalry, when it comes to educating the area’s workforce, Kansas State University-Olathe and the University of Kansas Edwards Campus (KUEC) are on the same team. 

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Teri Banman, RN, oversees the Nurse Navigator Program at the KU Cancer Center, which pairs trained oncology nurses with patients to help guide them and their families through their cancer journeys.

When confronting cancer, it can be overwhelming to consider treatment options and discover clinical trial opportunities. That’s where a KU Cancer Center nurse navigator can help. 

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Joaquina Baranda, M.D., leads the KU Cancer Center’s early-phase clinical trial program, which is the first step in taking new therapies from the research lab to the patient

Decades of basic (or bench) science has built the foundational knowledge needed to make advancements in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases, including cancer. That preclinical research has led to early-phase clinical trials and today’s leading-edge cancer treatments at The University of Kansas Cancer Center.                                                                     

STEM summer camp

The K-12 outreach programs at K-State Olathe include STEM summer camps for area middle school students.  

Recently, 100 Johnson County middle school students participated in a K-State Olathe virtual summer camp designed to teach them advanced scientific concepts and introduce STEM-related careers.

Two new undergraduate, online certificates in public and population health and nutrition are open for fall 2020 registration at the KU Edwards Campus.

During an unprecedented time in the state, nation and world, the University of Kansas and the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) have recently launched two new programs designed to meet critical needs of the Kansas City-area workforce and community.

Alex Dinkel brings personal experience to his cancer treatment research at the KU Cancer Center.

Alex Dinkel brings personal experience to his cancer treatment research at the KU Cancer Center.

Alex Dinkel’s career path began taking shape when he was just 16 years old. That’s when he was diagnosed with a rare form of Ewing’s Sarcoma in his skull. 

Dr. Jeff Burns and Dr. Russ Swerdlow, directors of the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center, are exploring a variety of interventions to prevent, delay and treat Alzheimer’s disease at the KU Clinical Research Center in Fairway, Kansas

Dr. Jeff Burns and Dr. Russ Swerdlow, directors of the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center, are exploring a variety of interventions to prevent, delay and treat Alzheimer’s disease at the KU Clinical Research Center in Fairway, Kansas.

Just about everyone knows someone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. These age-related conditions affect an estimated 5.6 million Americans, including 50,000 Kansans. 

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Using her K-State Olathe veterinary biomedical education, Nicole Ioerger teaches animal science and wildlife biology to Olathe North High School students.

Students in the Animal Health Academy at Olathe North High School are benefitting from their teacher’s JCERT-supported education at K-State Olathe

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