I like talking to our talented students and the dedicated alumni and donors who provide financial assistance. With more than 1,700 students, SCE is the third largest school at UMKC, has grown 76 percent since 2010, awards more than 70 scholarships annually and has experienced a 75 percent increase in scholarships since 2008.
These are great accomplishments! Scholarships have played a key role in that growth because they allow students to spend more time on academics. They provide vital support to students and help ensure UMKC is able to attract the best and brightest minds, regardless of income.
Attracting brilliant students to UMKC is important to us all. Computing and engineering are some of the fastest growing career fields in the country. A recent report by the Greater Kansas City Workforce Summit shows there’s an “education-to-jobs mismatch” in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. With UMKC being within 20 miles of 250 engineering and computing firms, the campus is in the heart of one of America’s premier engineering cities – Kansas City. And the people needed to fill these jobs are being educated right here at UMKC.
Getting to this point took hard work and dedication to building our program. The school hired more faculty and created a dual-degree program leading students to undergraduate degrees in both a liberal arts major and a professional engineering, computer science or information technology degree. Students enter UMKC SCE following three or four years at their first institution. Those who follow the guidelines and meet the admission requirements will earn a degree from their first institution and a degree from UMKC following two years of study at SCE.
The graduate and doctoral programs give professionals the opportunity to advance their careers with further education. Continuing education programs help engineers, computer scientists, consultants, managers and other science professionals stay up-to-date on the latest research and technologies. SCE also partners with Kansas City companies and organizations to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and outreach to middle and high school students throughout the region.
As science and engineering fields continue to grow, I look forward to seeing UMKC continue to grow the School of Computing and Engineering, and its partnerships and network of supporters in Kansas City.