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 was recently awarded four Challenge Awards from the Kansas State Board of Education. The awards were presented to Parsons schools for performance on the Kansas State Assessments in math and reading. Elementary schools and the middle school had higher than average attendance rates and the high school had higher than average graduation rates. Certificates of merit were presented for Guthridge, Garfield, Parsons Middle School and Parsons High School (Parsons Sun, June 21, 2019).

Parsons USD 503 consists of the following learning centers: Parsons High School 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 ranked in the top 10 Best School Districts in Kansas in the 2019 Niche report. Click here to read the full story.

Labette County USD 506 consists of the following learning centers: Labette County High School (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 college hours offered
  • 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) is a major asset to the area offering 31 degree programs and 7 certificate programs. The most popular majors are Nursing, Business Administration and Radiology. LCC has recently added a technical training component to its curriculum allowing students to work towards a certificate or a degree in welding, and additional technical training opportunities are being explored to fit the needs of current and future businesses. 
More than $4 million in workplace 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 2,000, and the student to teacher ratio is 17:1.

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 one of the top 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.  

A new undergraduate academic certificate in sustainability will be availalbe to all undergraduate students beginning in the Fall of 2018. This is a certificate that students can complete at their own pace and as part of a variety of degree programs.

PSU has approximately 7,000 students and a student to teacher ratio of 18:1.
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