Over the next decade, jobs at Kansas City metro financial-planning and wealth-management companies are projected to grow 5-6%. 

K-State Olathe took a bold step in meeting Johnson County and Kansas City regional business needs, thanks to support from the Johnson County Education Research Triangle Authority (JCERT).

Tonia Yelder

Tonia Yelder leads PIVOT at the KU Cancer Center, which connects cancer survivors and co-survivors with researchers to advance quality, patient-focused cancer investigation and care.

Patient and Investigator Voices Organizing Together (PIVOT) is The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s patient research advocacy group connecting cancer survivors and co-survivors with researchers to advance quality, patient-focused cancer investigation and care. 

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Kathleen Matson reinvented her career and personal life by graduating from the Cybersecurity program offered by K-State Olathe's Digital Skills Bootcamps

Kathleen Matson felt stuck. She was a paraprofessional in a kindergarten classroom earning $26,000 a year. Feeling burned out and financially strained, Matson knew she wanted to do something more with her life.

Alex and Constance Arriaga-Flores

Husband and wife received JCERT scholarships in their quest to earn BSIT degrees from the KU Edwards Campus.

Alex and Constance Arriaga-Flores are nontraditional students in the JCERT-supported Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program at KU Edwards Campus.

Joaquina Baranda, MD in lab coat

Joaquina Baranda, MD, is the early phase program director for the KU Cancer Center, which manages more than 350 early phase clinical cancer trials

Kansas and Missouri cancer patients now have more clinical trial options closer to home. Recently, the University of Kansas Cancer Center joined the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trials Network (ETCTN), which enables it to offer more early phase clinical trials than anywhere else in the region.

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The bachelor's in health science degree is one program that continually sees rising enrollment at the KU Edwards Campus.

Enrollment in undergraduate and graduate programs supported by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) at the KU Edwards Campus continues to increase, demonstrating that the initiative is meeting educational demands in the Kansas City area. 

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Local researchers are seeking 280 people, ages 65 to 80, to participate in a study about exercise and cognitive health.

Scientists at the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (KU ADRC) and KU Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management (CPAWM) want to know if there’s a perfect mix of aerobic and strength training that will help older adults maintain their cognition and functional health as they age.

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Through strong connections with KC-area bioscience and clinical-research companies, KUEC’s biotechnology program provides internship and career opportunities for students entering this growing field.

As the clinical-research industry booms locally and across the country, the JCERT-supported biotechnology program at KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) continues to produce well-rounded graduates to meet the growing need for biotech expertise. 

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K-State Olathe recently launched “Leadership Program for STEM Professionals”, a workshop series teaching core personnel management competencies such as self-development, building teams and achieving results.

America’s workforce is rapidly changing. In 2021, nearly 48 million workers quit their jobs. On average, four million workers have quit their jobs each month in 2022. This massive labor turnover has been dubbed the “Great Resignation”.

Image of four individuals gathered at a courtyard table. " There are no other in-state options for students to pursue a bachelor's degree in a professional studies"  Stuart Day, dean of KU Edwards Campus and School of Professional Studies

The new online Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree from the KU Edwards Campus will be available to students beginning in Fall 2022.

The University of Kansas, with support from the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT), is launching a new online Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree in Fall 2022, giving students with an associate’s degree or equivalent hours the chance to maximize their earned college credits from other higher education institutions and earn a KU degree.