SCE collaborates with a vast community network in Kansas City to promote STEM careers among diverse audiences. Two agencies – KC-BANCS and KC STEM Alliance – have close ties with the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering. KC-BANCS supports individuals with disabilities in finding STEM opportunities. KC STEM Alliance promotes STEM careers among area high school students.
The agencies are focused on building a diverse workforce to fill a growing need for skilled professionals. SCE Dean Kevin Truman and several UMKC faculty members lend their time, support and knowledge to the agencies.
KC-BANCS creates a path for individuals with disabilities, including veterans, to enter and advance in STEM careers. The organization sponsors research projects and internships for its members. The hands-on work and technical experience are among the ways that KC-BANCS helps its members learn new skills and find jobs.
The mission of the KC STEM Alliance is to increase the number of youths prepared for STEM careers. The alliance does this by collaborating with a large network of educators, business partners and affiliates in the Kansas City region. The alliance brings the network together to support programs such as Project Lead the Way-Kansas City and FIRST Robotics. The independent program, which is housed at UMKC, links 15,000 students to more than 75 area companies.