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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. 

women and trainer exercising.

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.

Students working in science lab.

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.

Roy Jensen, MD, Vice Chancellor and Director, The University of Kansas Cancer Center

By Roy Jensen, MD, Vice Chancellor and Director, The University of Kansas Cancer Center

I am thrilled to announce that The University of Kansas Cancer Center has achieved the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) most prestigious designation: Comprehensive. This designation puts KU Cancer Center in the same league as our nation’s most elite cancer centers.

Kansas State University Olathe Campus

Over the past three years, JCERT-funded programs at KU Edwards Campus and K-State Olathe have grown by 105%, running counter to enrollment declines occurring in higher education. 

Demand for JCERT-funded programs is on the rise at K-State Olathe and the KU Edwards Campus despite challenges in higher education because both universities continue to provide educational offerings to meet career opportunities.

University of Kansas Cancer Center

The KU Clinical Research Center, supported by JCERT funding, offers cutting-edge clinical trials which lead to new cancer therapies every day. 

Kenneth Willard wasn’t even aware of a lump on his neck until his co-worker asked him about it. “I don’t know how he spotted the lump,” Willard recalled. “But I knew it needed to be checked out.” A visit with his primary doctor and an ear, nose and throat specialist followed. Biopsies revealed a diagnosis Willard never expected: At 55 years old, he had stage IV non-small cell lung cancer.

Jana Meyers

Jana Meyers credits her M.S. in Adult Learning and Leadership from K-State Olathe with taking her understanding of corporate learning programs to
a whole new level.

Jana Meyers has a talent for identifying potential in every individual and a passion for growing leaders and growing as a leader herself. This desire to continually improve and help others improve explains why she enrolled in the Adult Learning and Leadership master’s degree program at K-State Olathe, even though she already had one master’s degree and significant training and leadership experience. 

Phyllis Greenquist displaying poster Small World Initiative

Phyllis Greenquist is learning how scientists may one day be able to engineer replacement organs for people like her who are in need of a lung transplant.

Pursuing KU’s JCERT-supported online Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at the Edwards Campus (KUEC) in Overland Park more than 35 years after her high school graduation, Kansas City native Phyllis Greenquist exemplifies resilience.