The Kansas City region needs a pathway for individuals with disabilities to enter and advance in careers in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The KC-BANCS project is forging that path by supporting the educational goals of these individuals, including veterans, who have the talent and career drive but often lack the necessary credentials for employment in STEM.
GOAL: “To increase the participation and success of people with disabilities within the Kansas City region in STEM education pathways. The result will be an increase in students who complete associate and undergraduate degrees and ultimately enter the STEM workforce.”
Because existing gaps often create barriers for this population, a variety of new, focused services and supports are available to veterans and students with disabilities. Through KC-BANCS, students have access to peer support, academic advising, career exploration, and internships. Ultimately, STEM businesses in the region will benefit from increased numbers of academically prepared workers, and the region will benefit from having a path for individuals with disabilities to achieve their STEM related career goals.
Dr. Ronda Jenson, Principal Investigator
Kevin Truman, Co-Principal Investigator
Alexis Petri, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director
Melissa Johnson-Tribout, KC-BANCS Project Coordinator and Veterans in STEM Transition Navigator
Kate Duffy, STEM Scholar Transition Navigator
Jodi Arnold, Project Assistant
Melissa Messina, Webmaster