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Education

Warrensburg R-VI School District

The Warrensburg School District founded in 1866 is located in Johnson County, Missouri, and just an hour’s drive from Kansas City, Missouri. The population of Warrensburg is approximately 18,823, with the district population at 22,074. The district employs 502 staff members who serve 3,211 students on eight campuses. The Warrensburg District is fully accredited by the State Board of Education and has received the highest possible recognition, the “Distinction in Performance” award ten times since 1998.

Teachers average 13 years
of classroom experience and 63 percent hold advanced degrees. District wide, the average student-to-teacher ratio is 15 to 1.

The Warrensburg district is a leader in the integration of technology into instruction. Students and staff utilize thirty-four hundred computers and nine hundred iPads, the majority of these being specifically provided for students to use in classroom lessons. The district has a particularly strong program of providing teacher professional development on how to make the most of technology in their lessons. Teachers get two years of training when they start in the district, and then they have additional options that include graduate courses, after-school workshops, in-class assistance, and intensive multi-year training programs. Currently there are twelve classrooms with iPads for every student, in which the teachers receive 120 hours of professional development to effectively integrate the iPads into daily lessons. In addition, computer labs, laptop carts, and iPad carts are available in all schools.

The system has a Preschool program, full-day kindergarten program, early childhood special education, and before and after school child care. Each elementary school has a media center and offers art, music, and physical education by fully certified staff members, along with services for students with special needs. 

High school students can take advantage of the A+ program opportunities, dual credit, and advanced placement classes in a variety of subjects along classes offered in Robotics and Broadcasting. College credit is offered through both the University of Central Missouri and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Service Learning Program is part of the curriculum throughout the district and has recently opened the Tiger’s Den at the middle school where school personnel can get items from food to clothing for students in need.

Preparing Johnson County students and adults for rewarding careers is possible through the Warrensburg Area Career Center. It offers programs in technology information management, computer programming, nursing, automobile mechanics, agriculture, building trades, office technology, and cosmetology. www.warrensburgr6.org


 

University of Central Missouri UCM Campus Map

Founded in 1871, the University of Central Missouri is a comprehensive state university that transforms students into lifelong learners. UCM accomplishes this goal by offering engaged learning and future-focused academics with a worldly perspective in a culture of service. UCM graduates possess the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed and lead in the region, state, nation and world.

Spread across approximately 1,200 landscaped acres, the university’s four colleges offer more than 150 areas of study to more than 13,000 students. Programs emphasize skills needed for a successful career, and nearly 92 percent of the university’s graduates are employed in their specialty within six months of graduation.

The university’s state-of-the-art facilities include the $30 million James C. Kirkpatrick Library and the $20.5 million Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The adjacent Morrow-Garrison complex serves state needs for programs offered by the Department of Nutrition and the Department of Kinesiology. Scheduled for completion for fall 2015 is a new $42 million mixed-use facility featuring student apartments, a Starbucks, SPIN! Pizza, the university store and a convenience store.

UCM has also enhanced its commitment to student success with the Learning to a Greater Degree Contract.  The contract is designed to help students graduate on time with less debt and to ensure a more valuable degree as they enter the job market.  Students completing the requirements of the contract will earn up to $1,000 in scholarships their senior year.

Unique programs and facilities at the university include Pertle Springs, a 300-acre recreational and biological research area featuring the Earl Keth Memorial Golf Course and the Audrey J. Walton Clubhouse; the Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport, which serves the university and Warrensburg; and public broadcasting station KMOS-TV. Also included are the Small Business and Technology Development Center; the University Farm; and the main campus with its instructional buildings, 19 residence halls, Audrey J. Walton Stadium at Vernon Kennedy Field, Ed Elliott University Student Union, and the Multipurpose Building. The university provides abundant opportunities to attend events and exhibitions of the fine and performing arts.

University of Central Missouri is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. All of its teacher education programs are dually accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

All undergraduate and graduate business administration degree programs in the Harmon College of Business Administration have earned the prestigious accreditation of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.

In addition, programs in areas such as actuarial science, art, athletic training, aviation, chemistry, construction science, drafting technology, industrial science, music, nursing, speech pathology and audiology, and social work and counseling are accredited by national accreditation organizations.

As a major employer, UCM supports a large segment of the local economy and also enriches the social, recreational and cultural environment. Equally important are the students, faculty members and employees who make significant civic contributions and are involved in many community organizations and projects.

Like Warrensburg as a whole, the university has prospered because it is willing and ready to meet new challenges. For more information about programs or admission to University of Central Missouri, call the Office of Admissions at (877) SAY-UCMO or visit ucmo.edu.

 

Park University

Park University is a comprehensive, independent institution with a full range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Founded in 1875 in Parkville, Missouri, Park attained university status in 2000 and now serves more than 24,000 students annually at 40 campus centers and online. Campuses are located in Parkville, Kansas City and Independence, Missouri; Austin, Texas; and on military installations across the country.

Park University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and dedicates itself to affordability, innovation and quality. The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence that prepares learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Degrees are available in traditional academic areas as well as in new, cutting-edge specialties such as computer and network security, criminal justice and health care management. As one of the oldest and most innovative liberal arts universities in the Midwest, the university is strongly committed to a classic liberal arts mission of preparing students for global professions, for civic engagement, for responsible citizenry, and most importantly, for life.

Since 1875 Park University has provided a strong, innovative liberal arts education to students from all walks of life, who with their wide-ranging career interests and personal goals, make Park University a vibrant, diverse learning community. It enrolled women from the beginning and more women than men made up the first graduating class in 1879. Today, it boasts one of the nation’s highest graduation rates for Hispanic, African-American and Native American students.

Park University prides itself in its long-standing partnership with the U.S. military and is recognized as one of the largest providers of online undergraduate education to the armed forces. Park’s close partnership with the military dates back nearly a century. In World War II, Park hosted several units of the Navy V-12 program and graduated
835 midshipmen. 

Park Distance Learning was begun in the 1970s especially for students on military installations. In 1996, it became one of the first providers of online classes for the U.S. military worldwide. Today, 61 percent of its students are active duty, retired military, military dependents and
U.S. Department of Defense personnel.

Park University has been named one of the Top 20 Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education. It also was one of 20 higher education institutions, the only in the Midwest, to receive a Success for Veterans Award Grant from the American Council on Education and the Walmart Foundation. G.I. Jobs magazine has also recognized it in its list of top Military Friendly Schools.

For further information, contact Park University’s Whiteman Air Force Base Campus Center at
(660) 563-2846 or visit
www.park.edu.

 

Johnson County Christian Academy

Johnson County Christian Academy (JCCA) is committed to Academic Excellence and believes Christian Education is real education with an eternal purpose. They have been serving Johnson County with Pre-school through 8th grade Christian Education since 1996. JCCA offers children an environment that supports and reinforces the Biblical truths and values that are taught in their homes. According to national academic standards, JCCA students typically rank within the top 20 percent of their class.

JCCA provides an environment that is safe and nurturing, combined with an academic program that is comprehensive and challenging. The product of JCCA’s philosophy of education is a student who grows in Christ-like character and becomes a lifetime learner.

JCCA students periodically undergo nationally recognized achievement testing. This allows school officials to determine overall student progress and performance in comparison to national academic standards. According to a cumulative three-year study of JCCA’s SAT scores, JCCA students perform in the 70-90th percentile range compared to same age/grade students nationally and academic performance increases for typical students with each additional year spent at the school.

JCCA’s community-supported tuition assistance program provides an income-based scholarship program. JCCA’s commitment to academic excellence, values-based education and its nurturing staff combine for an outstanding educational experience that impacts the students, their families and their community for life!

Program options include pre-school and K4 (kindergarten preparation), kindergarten through 8th grade, before and after school programs, summer school options, and year-round day care for infants through school age children. For more information, contact Johnson County Christian Academy at (660) 656-3307 or visit www.jcchristianacademy.org.