FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sep 2, 2009 #103
Contact: Laura Byerley
UMKC program creates pathway for youth and veterans with disabilities to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers
National Science Foundation provides $1.2 million grant.The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Institute for Human Development and School of Computing and Engineering announce the receipt of a $1.2 million grant (over five years) from the National Science Foundation for their proposal “Building an Alliance for New Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (KC-BANCS): A Collaborative Model for the Inclusion of Youth and Veterans with Disabilities.”
The KC-BANCS project’s goal is to increase the number of students and veterans with disabilities who enter Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) post-secondary academic programs, complete two-year and four-year degrees in STEM fields and ultimately enter the workforce in STEM-related careers. The project will accomplish this through partnerships with regional STEM educators, community organizations and individuals with disabilities. Key partners include the Metropolitan Community College Business & Technology Campus and Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Division of Engineering, Math and Science.
Dr. Kevin Truman, Dean of the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering and Dr. Ronda Jenson, Director of Research for the UMKC Institute for Human Development serve as co-principal investigators of this pipeline program.
“The Kansas City region needs a pathway for individuals with disabilities to enter and excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers,” Dr. Jenson said. “The alliance of community partners that this project brings forth is essential to developing an educational pipeline in the STEM careers.”
Dean Truman additionally noted that, “the networks of support that UMKC will develop in this project are critical for student success and significantly build the capacity of UMKC and the community.”
Through KC-BANCS, students will have opportunities for peer support, assistance with navigating college programs and systems, career exploration and internships. In addition, KC-BANCS will work with high school and college-level faculty to improve students’ access to coursework and a STEM career path.
This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).