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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 3,252 students on eight campuses. The Warrensburg District
if fully accredited by the State Board of Education.
Teachers average 13 years of classroom experience and 68 percent
hold advanced degrees. District wide, the average student-to-teacher
ratio is 14 to 1. In 2016, the school district completed over $12.5
million in remodeling and renovations, and since 2009, the district
has completed almost $40 million in new construction, renovations,
and infrastructure to the district’s facilities.


The Warrensburg School District is a leader in the integration of
technology in instruction. Students and staff utilize over 3,500 hundred
computers and over 1500 hundred iPads, the majority of these being
specifically provided for students to use in classroom lessons. The
district has a strong emphasis of providing teacher professional
development on how to integrate technology into the classroom.
Teachers receive a mandatory two years of technology training when
they begin in the district, and then have additional opportunities that
include graduate courses, after-school workshops, in-class assistance,
and intensive multi-year training programs. Currently there are at least
16 classrooms with iPads for every student, in which the teachers
receive an additional 120 hours of professional development to
effectively integrate the iPads into instruction. In addition, computer
labs, laptop carts, and iPad carts are available in all schools.

The school 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. All schools also have
full-time counselors and social workers to support students.
High school students can take advantage of the A+ program, and
dual credit classes in a variety of subjects. College credit is offered
through both the University of Central Missouri and the University of
Missouri-Kansas City, and State Fair Community College. 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 obtain 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. WACC offers
programs in information technology management, computer
programming, nursing, automobile mechanics, auto body repair,
agriculture, building trades, office technology, and cosmetology.  For more information visit www.warrensburgr6.org.

 

University of Central Missouri UCM Campus Map

Founded in 1871 as a state normal school, 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.

With a main campus that spreads across approximately 1,200
landscaped acres, along with the UCM-Lee’s Summit educational
facility, the university’s four colleges offer more than 150 areas of study
to nearly 14,000 students. Programs emphasize skills needed for a
successful career, and nearly 97 percent of the university’s graduates
are employed in their specialty within six months of graduation.

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
at the Mules National Golf Club; the Max B. Swisher Skyhaven
Airport, which serves the university, Warrensburg and Johnson County;
the Missouri Safety Center; and public broadcasting station KMOS-TV.
Also included are the University Farm; the main campus with its
instructional buildings; 19 residence halls, including The Crossing-
South at Holden, a mixed-use commercial/residential facility; Audrey J.
Walton Stadium at Vernon Kennedy Field; Elliott Student Union; and
the Multipurpose Building. The university is a cultural and artistic hub
for Central Missouri, providing abundant opportunities to attend events
and exhibitions of the fine and performing arts.

In addition to The Crossing, 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 North
Morrow complex serves programs offered by the Department of
Nutrition and Kinesiology.

The 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 and
Professional Studies have earned the prestigious accreditation of the
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
In addition, programs in areas such as actuarial science, art, athletic
training, aviation, chemistry, construction management, drafting
technology, industrial management and technology, 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 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 the University of Central Missouri, call
the Office of Admissions at (877) SAY-UCMO or visit www.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.