The goal of this campus is to teach students but also be a place where professionals come to continue their learning. It is home to graduate level students as they prepare for careers in the biosciences and biotechnology, with opportunities to work with faculty from Kansas State as well as industry scientists. Those already in the business world benefit from the presence of the campus, which helps train the future workforce on the latest industry technology and keep it informed of the most recent developments by holding seminars and workshops. It also houses collaborations between researchers and companies, both public and private, so that the technology being developed is what the businesses in the industry are demanding.
Kansas State University is a four-campus system, including K-State Olathe, which officially opened on April 26, 2011. Complementing the main campus in Manhattan, K-State Polytechnic in Salina, and the K-State Global Campus online, the Olathe campus is the academic research presence within the Kansas Bioscience Park — leveraging K-State's broad capabilities and its many resources on the Manhattan campus to the Greater Kansas City area.
When work began on the $28 million, LEED certified Silver, International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute, it was groundbreaking in more ways than one: it would be the first higher education facility supported by a local tax, and the ongoing tax support would make it equivalent to one of the country’s largest endowments ever to a higher education public institution initiative.
The academic programs are supported by strong partnerships among units within K-State, including the university's Graduate School and the K-State Global Campus. K-State Olathe is also partnering with other regional educational institutions at every level: K-12, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities.
K-State Olathe has performed market research, which guided the development and delivery of academic programs. These will include master's degrees as well as graduate certificates and courses for credit or noncredit professional development. Graduate certificates usually contain 12-15 graduate credit hours in a specialized area, while a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit is required for a master's degree.
From the start, it was all about bringing people together, with a goal of not only expanding educational opportunities, but boosting economic growth as well.
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