Service members stationed at Fort Riley have a new educational option to consider with the establishment of a computer-based degree program from the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus.
An associate degree in web development technology from Kansas State Polytechnic will be offered at Fort Riley starting in August for the fall 2019 semester. Eligible students include active-duty military members, part-time and reserve service members, veterans, military families and the general public. Courses will be taught at night by instructors at Fort Riley and structured in an eight-week format to accommodate students with military priorities.
Kansas State University also is furnishing a new computer lab to enhance the program’s hands-on learning style and focus on practical application.
“Providing soldiers with another educational option on post that will advance their skills and create a pathway to in-demand career fields is something we’re excited to be a part of,” said Alysia Starkey, interim CEO and dean of Kansas State Polytechnic. “The Polytechnic Campus, being a former Air Force base, has a historical connection to the military as well as a current reputation as a military-inclusive campus. We also have a great working relationship with Fort Riley and we’re proud to partner with them in a way that serves those who selflessly serve this country.”
The service members chose the web development technology associate degree through a Fort Riley Education Services survey. The associate degree was created to equip students with web design and development expertise essential for growing and changing technologies. Courses cover user interfaces, navigation, mobile web pages, e-commerce tools, dynamic web pages and Internet theory. Students also learn client-side and server-side programming, video and audio streaming, and database applications.
While the program is based on Fort Riley, students can complete the degree online if they deploy, relocate or transition out of the military. The program also offers a reduced tuition rate for classes offered on Fort Riley so students can leverage military tuition assistance, scholarships and other funding opportunities.
“The web development technology associate degree provides important and practical skills that will benefit soldiers and their families as they look to advance in the military or transition to a civilian professional career,” said Dominic Barnes, K-State’s military student services coordinator. “As a veteran retiree from Fort Riley and a K-State alumnus, I understand the value in furthering your education as well as the challenge of balancing service and study. This program provides the flexibility and support that active-duty service members, family members and the extended community need to prepare for the workforce of the future.”
With the implementation of this degree, Kansas State Polytechnic and Fort Riley are examining future degree program expansion based on the needs of the post and its community.
For more information on the web development technology associate degree offered by Kansas State Polytechnic at Fort Riley, contact Kansas State Polytechnic Professional Education and Outreach at 785-826-2633 or [email protected]. In-person inquiries may be directed to K-State’s office in the Fort Riley Education Center.