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Aug. 29, 2006
Contact: Marvin Hunt, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-7857; or George Minter, Black & Veatch, (866) 496-9149.

Black & Veatch, KU Continuing Education to broadcast engineering courses worldwide

Jim Lewis, Executive Vice President and Director of Production at Black & Veatch Energy, and Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, Senior Vice Provost at the University of Kansas, sign a statement of support for developing engineering management courses for Black & Veatch's energy business professionals.

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Continuing Education and Black & Veatch Corp. have agreed to develop courses in engineering management for Black & Veatch’s energy business professionals that will eventually reach all their global offices.

The curriculum includes courses such as project management, construction management, marketing and sales, and finance and accounting. The Engineering Management Program at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park and the KU School of Engineering have collaborated on the courses and will provide instructors.

The program will offer live instruction at Black & Veatch’s Overland Park location and will be electronically transmitted initially to Black & Veatch regional offices in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Houston, Texas, where its employees will interact with KU instructors. Future classes will be available to all global offices of Black & Veatch’s energy business.

“Today Black & Veatch and the University of Kansas are pioneering global education,” said Fred Pawlicki, executive director of KU Continuing Education. “This ground-breaking program, developed with a world-class company, illustrates how the latest technology enables the University of Kansas to share its valuable resources with communities in every corner of the planet.”

Curtis Kling, chief engineer of Black & Veatch’s energy business, said, “By working with the University of Kansas, we now have a delivery method that will allow all our professionals to access the highest quality training regardless of their location or current job assignment. This program directly supports the career development of our professionals and the growth of Black & Veatch.”

Black & Veatch Corp. is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, information and government markets. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch develops tailored infrastructure solutions that meet clients’ needs and provide sustainable benefits. Solutions include conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, information technology, environmental security design and consulting, and management-consulting services. The employee-owned company has more than 90 offices worldwide. Black & Veatch is ranked on the Forbes “500 Largest Private Companies in the United States” listing.

KU Continuing Education supports the teaching, research and public service missions of the university and is KU’s primary outreach source for postgraduate professional education, workforce development, lifelong learning and distance education for Kansans and communities worldwide.

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