Collaboration. Innovation. Education. Much can be gained by working together for a common purpose and, in the Kansas City region, it’s in our blood. Our ability to be extremely effective at working together has been and will continue to be essential.
The historical differences between Kansas and Missouri date back to the early 1800s. The economic development of the regional identity and the socioeconomic profile of the Kansas City metropolitan area continue to be complicated by the state line that bisects our two states.
A 15 percent increase in JCERT-support degree and certificate programs at KUEC
reflects the area’s rising need for education and advanced knowledge in these fields.
The latest enrollment news from the KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) reveals a 15 percent year-over-year increase in its degree and certificate programs supported by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT).
Degrees and their corresponding enrollment growth from fall 2018 to fall 2019 include:
Konstantinos Batziakas earned his K-State Olathe doctorate degree in horticulture
and natural resources thanks to JCERT scholarships, and now he’s using his
education to help improve the area’s food systems.
Olga Khakova leveraged her Master's degree to land a job with an international
think tank and public policy group, The Atlantic Council.
Whether she was looking for ways the United States and European Union could collaborate on energy security or helping to expand opportunities for Kansas businesses to access clean energy sources, KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) graduate Olga Khakova began using her Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Assessment degree before she even received her diploma last May.
Ruskin High School students explore STEM-related careers with faculty from the KU Edwards Campus.
In the next three years, STEM careers are expected to grow faster than the average for all other occupations. Unfortunately, not enough students are pursuing STEM-based college degrees to fill the growing demand. Biotechnology faculty at the KU Edwards Campus are bridging that gap through outreach programs involving Kansas City-area high school students.
By Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean and CEO, Kansas State University’s Olathe campus
As many of you know, it was with mixed emotions when I announced earlier this year that I would retire as dean and CEO of Kansas State University's Olathe campus. My 49-year career has revolved around veterinary medicine and the life sciences. In that time, I've seen the fields blossom and become pillars of strength for Greater Kansas City.