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BRISTOL, Tenn., Jan. 20, 2014 – King University has established a new School of Applied
Science and Technology that will bring together new and existing academic programs
to better prepare students for 21st century careers.
The School of Applied Science and Technology has been developed to provide relevant,
authentic and meaningful educational offerings that translate into greater viability
in today’s workforce, according to Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King University.
Scheduled to be fully operational by January 2014, the School of Applied Science and
Technology will support a more educated workforce by providing bachelor’s degree programs
that complement the education attained at local community colleges. In addition, the
school will supplement students’ technical skills with increased specializations and
liberal arts courses.
“King University is answering Gov. Bill Haslam’s call for a more well prepared sophisticated
and educated workforce with the creation of the School of Applied Science and Technology,”
Jordan says. “This initiative closely aligns with the governor’s ‘Drive to 55’ campaign
to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certifications to
55 percent by the year 2025.”
Jordan says that although many community college students desire to pursue a related
bachelor’s degree, their options for a bachelor’s-level education have been limited.
“Establishing the School of Applied Science and Technology alleviates many of the
issues that students currently face, providing a streamlined process that allows them
to further their educational journey,” says Jordan. “The new school and its related
degree programs match the workforce development needs of our region with the career
interests of our students.”
The School of Applied Science and Technology will include a diverse array of existing
programs, including Forensic Science and Neuroscience, as well as Digital Media, Art
and Design, and Information Technology/Cybersecurity. Future degree programs will
include Genomics, Environmental Science and Applied Science.
“By creating this new school, we are positioning ourselves to better serve the 940,000
adults in Tennessee who have some college education, but no degree, while identifying
and proactively filling the skills gaps that exist among the workforce,” says Dr.
Matt Roberts, dean of Academic Affairs at King University. “Government entities such
as the Y-12 security complex at Oak Ridge and our community college partners have
expressed great interest in King’s development of the Applied Science degree program.
There is a need in the region for this type of education.”
The Applied Science degree allows students with technical skills to add liberal arts
courses to their coursework. The degree also provides a concentration of six related
courses and offers students opportunities for additional specializations or electives.
This new degree will equip students with knowledge and skills in areas such as organizational
management, business, psychology or communication.
Dr. Mark Overbay, dean of the new School of Behavioral and Health Sciences, will serve
as interim dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology while administrators
conduct a national search for a permanent dean. Dr. Alyssa Millner, program director
and assistant professor of Communication, has been appointed associate dean of the
King University has six formal reverse-transfer agreements with community college
partners in the eastern half of the state. These agreements enable students to transfer
credits earned at King automatically back to their schools of origin. When the credit
total for a student reaches 60 semester hours, the community college is notified so
the associate degree can be awarded. Four of the community college partners also have
articulation agreements with King University, allowing students a seamless transition
from their two-year institution to King.
King University is headquartered in Bristol, Tenn., and has established 14 campuses
and locations across Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. King University also offers
degree programs online.
King University is a Presbyterian, master's-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King
College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees
and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences,
pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration,
education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and
travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and
a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King
University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University
is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact
the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road,
Richlands, VA 24641.