JCERT Funds Allow KUEC to Launch Two In-Demand Programs

In response to rising workplace demand and thanks to support from the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT), the KU Edwards Campus is working on two new programs: a professional science master’s with an emphasis in environmental geology and an undergraduate certificate in strength and conditioning.

Environmental geology is a growing field in Kansas City, with major area construction and engineering companies experiencing an increased need for geoscience professionals. This interdisciplinary field addresses naturally occurring and man-made environmental hazards. Formally launching in spring 2019, the courses will provide students with technical and professional skills courses targeted to their chosen field and designed to help them accurately gather and effectively communicate scientific data.

Strength and conditioning is another sought-after area of expertise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 13 percent increase in the demand for these specialists by 2026. Professionals with this background can pursue career opportunities that include coaching positions at educational institutions or professional sports teams, personal training at fitness facilities or gym management or ownership.

An expansion of the current JCERT-funded exercise science program, the new undergraduate certificate in strength and conditioning will focus on the physiological, biomechanical and metabolic aspects of strength and conditioning. KU’s exercise science program is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Education Recognition Program. More information on this program, also fully launching in spring 2019, is coming soon. Contact Lauren McEnaney, exercise science academic success coach, with questions or for more information.