Post-Secondary and Higher Education

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.

St. Joseph is perfectly positioned for post-secondary and higher education. Missouri Western State University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate level programs, as does nearby Northwest Missouri State University.


Missouri Western:  Where everything is possible!

Whatever your passions and career goals, Missouri Western is a small university with big opportunities. With a student-faculty ratio of 16:1 and a focus on applied learning, Missouri Western students have access to research and real-world experience beyond the classroom. Missouri Western has resources for first-time freshmen, veterans, non-traditional students and international students, guaranteeing you a world-class university experience at an affordable price.

St. Joseph: A City of Makers

Metropolitan Community College and Hillyard Technical Center offers a variety of courses to help students pursue their dreams in technical fields. MCC offers courses in practical nursing, radiologic and surgical technology, introduction to welding and machining as well as a certified nursing assistant program.  Hillyard offers courses in carpentry, welding, precision machining, computer-aided drafting and more. Hillyard partners with MWSU on the Manufacturing Technician Certification (MT1), which allows those who pass to more quickly obtain good-paying jobs with local employers in manufacturing.

North Central Missouri College offers certificates, two-year degree programs, and transfer degrees to the Northwest region of the state.  Its new, North Belt site was established to help ease the pressure of commuting and attending classes around a busy schedule.  It provides students in the area with a community college option, one that will follow the same academic standards as its main campus in Trenton, Mo.

The Missouri Western Western Institute offers specialized classes and courses in degrees and non-degree areas, with a range of course schedules. Check out programs in areas like criminal justice, law enforcement, music, sign language and volunteer training.

Looking for a change? The evening programs at Hillyard Technical Center open doors for students at all life phases. Study programs include a dental clinic, technology, trade skills, radiology/ultrasound fields and more.

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