Education

There is a great public education system throughout Labette County where students repeatedly win national honors in academics, forensics, music and athletics.

K-12 Public Schools

Parsons USD 503

Parsons USD 503 consists of the following learning centers: Parsons High School (PHS) has a graduation rate of 93% with 77% of those students pursuing post-secondary education opportunities. PHS has been aggressive about pulling technology into the classroom, including CAD, robotics and advanced welding, and offers state approved CTE pathways that include:
  • AV Communications
  • Construction
  • Early Childhood Development 
  • Health Science
  • Marketing
  • Restaurant and Event Management
  • Business Entrepreneurship and Management
  • Design and Pre-Construction
  • Family and Community Services
  • Manufacturing Production
  • Mobile Equipment Maintenance
  • Visual Arts

Labette County USD 506

Labette County USD 506 consists of the following learning centers: Labette County High School (LC) has a graduation rate of 95% with roughly 75% of those students pursuing post-secondary education. LC is nationally recognized in a variety of areas, from academics to fine arts, and LC is the only high school in Kansas to offer a 4-year program in electronics that is recognized by state technical schools as credit towards a degree. Additionally, LC offers:
  • Over 50 concurrent college classes on the high school campus
  • A nationally recognized agriculture program
  • Business technology
  • Building and trades program (students build a home, church or city building each year)
  • Cabinet making/woodworking (students provide cabinets and trim to the building and trades program)
  • Health careers
  • Family and Consumer Science/Food Service/Restaurant Management
  • Machine tool technology 
  • Automotive technician 
  • Drafting/blue print reading
  • Early childhood development
  • Teach and train
  • Fashion and design

Higher Education

Southeast Kansas boasts a variety of institutions of higher learning, including universities, community colleges and technical training centers, all of which routinely turn out qualified employees.

Labette Community College (LCC) was recently ranked #5 in the Best Community Colleges of 2015 study published by financial technology company SmartAsset! (Full Story)

LCC is a major asset to the area, with the most popular majors of Nursing, Business/Industrial Supervision and Radiology. More than $4 million in work-place training has been provided to major employers. Surveys show that employers are very satisfied with the knowledge and ability levels of LCC students who have completed curricula in technical programs.

LCC's enrollment is approximately 1,900, and the student to teacher ratio is 14:1.

Located a short 35 mile drive from the industrial park, Pittsburg State University (PSU) offers four-year curriculum and graduate courses in many fields, and is nationally recognized for its academics. PSU is the only university in the Midwest, and one of the few in the U.S., to offer a comprehensive undergraduate degree in Polymer Chemistry. Students studying this field have the opportunity to work hands-on in the renowned Kansas Technology Center and the Kansas Polymer Research Center.

The Automotive Technology Department at PSU offers a 2-year automotive service program that is NATEF-accredited and a 4-year automotive technology program that is considered by the industry as 1 of the top 4 programs of its kind in the country.  

The Wood Technology Program at PSU is one of the top wood processing programs in the U.S. PSU is a national leader in the preparation of young men and women for rewarding managerial careers in the secondary wood products industry. A comprehensive curriculum uses a unique "hands-on" approach to learning, designed to provide graduates with a broad base of technical knowledge and skills. Much of the coursework is production based and blends classroom theory with real-world product and process engineering problems.  

PSU has approximately 7,500 students and a student to teacher ratio of 18:1.


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