BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — In an effort to help better prepare students for 21st century careers, King University in East Tennessee has established a school of applied science and technology.
The new school at the university in Bristol offers bachelor degree programs that complement education students have received at local community colleges.
The Associated Press cited a statement from the university in reporting that the program offers students a concentration of six related courses in addition to opportunities for specializations or electives.
University President Greg Jordan said the school will broaden the limited options of community college students who want to pursue a related bachelor's degree.
"King University is answering Gov. Bill Haslam's call for a more well-prepared, sophisticated and educated work force with the creation of the School of Applied Science and Technology," Jordan said. "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."
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences Dean Mark Overbay will serve as interim dean of the new school while a national search is conducted for a permanent dean.