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Stacy Yeager-HuddlestonStacy Yeager-Huddleston
Stacy Yeager-Huddleston is trying to show Kansas City, Kan., students that education can be the path to a better life for them.
As the academic director of information systems for Donnelly College, Yeager-Huddleston visits Kansas City, Kan., classrooms to let students know that, like her, they can come back to the community and work in a professional career.
A graduate of Wyandotte High School who is from Kansas City, Kan., she comes to Donnelly College most recently from Ottawa University, where she taught information systems. She received her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University, her master’s from Friends University in information systems and her doctorate from the University of Phoenix.
Donnelly’s newest bachelor’s degree program, information systems, helps students who want to create mobile applications, design programs, create websites, and work with computers and information systems. The program is designed to help students connect with new jobs in the information systems field that are opening in Wyandotte County and the surrounding area. These jobs may include director of information systems, information system manager, tech specialist or network specialist, according to Donnelly officials.
“We do hands-on applications, teaching about hardware, then we use an actual computer, take it apart and put it back together,” Yeager-Huddleston said. When the class covers network servers, there is one on hand to get the practical application of the program, she said.
“They’re actually doing everything hands-on,” she said. A computer lab serves an important role in the program.
Yeager-Huddleston has talked with students in Kansas City, Kan., school classrooms and also with students at the local community colleges about the bachelor’s degree program at Donnelly. She also has talked with local companies that are interested in hiring graduates.
“We’re really excited about our three bachelor’s degree programs growing simultaneously, and starting to get on people’s radar,” said a Donnelly official.
The three bachelor’s degree programs are in information systems, organizational leadership led by Susan Keim, and urban teacher education led by Brenda Harris. Starting in 2006, Donnelly began offering a bachelor’s degree in urban leadership. This past fall, it began the urban teacher education program. Last week, the information systems degree program started.
Donnelly’s highest enrollment is in the associate degree programs, general education, as it is a long-time provider in that area. The practical nursing program has seen some recent growth, according to Donnelly officials. A very strong English as a second language program fills a need in the community at a variety of levels, officials said.
Donnelly is ranked near the top of the most affordable private institutions in the country, said Emily Buckley, director of advancement.
With the campus in a compact space at 608 N. 18th St., it’s very hard for students to get lost. “Our close-knit nature, approach to student services and engagement sets us apart,” Buckley said. “We’re also a faith-based school sponsored by the Catholic archdiocese, a mission that drives a caring outreach to every single student. We offer a wonderful college experience at a wonderful price.”
Yeager-Huddleston said prospective students who want more information on the information systems program may contact her at 913-621-8776 , and prospective students in other fields also may contact the college at 913-621-8700. They also may visit the college website at www.donnelly.edu for information.