Jackson County and its surrounding area has dozens of community colleges to serve traditional and non-traditional students seeking academic studies and work-preparation programs.
Jackson County has a number of large private schools in the area.
Kansas City residents are served by 74 school districts. Around 19 of these districts, representing over 70% of area enrollments, are included in Expansion Management magazine's annual educational quality ratings of nearly 1,000 school districts nationwide.
At least seven of the area's districts rated "gold medal," the highest of the five Expansion Management composite cost-performance categories. Six were awarded "blue ribbon," the next highest category.
The Kansas City area is home to numerous universities serving the entire metro population offering technical, associate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
There are nine institutions within the metro area offer graduate degrees in numerous disciplines. The University of Kansas (Lawrence) and the University of Missouri (Kansas City) also offer professional degrees in law, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. Degrees in osteopathic medicine are offered by the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City.
Other Area Resources
Some of the nearby major institutions from which area employers also recruit:
- Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas
- Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas
- University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas
- University of Missouri - Columbia in Columbia, Missouri
- Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri
- University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri