Junction City-Geary County has quality education options from kindergarten through graduate school. Families can be assured their children will receive a strong educational foundation as well as a variety of opportunities for advanced education.
The region leads the way in K-12 education, with excellent options for private schooling as well as an award-winning public education system that features small class sizes and innovative STEM curriculum backed by national funding. USD 475 recently broke ground on Junction City’s new high school which will be located on a 159-acre site on the west side of the city. The project will create a spacious superstructure capable of holding up to 1700 students, a top-loading stadium, soccer field, tennis courts, and ball diamonds and will include four academies: the Freshman Success wing; Science/Engineering and Tech; Business and Information Technology; and a Fine Arts Academy. View the new construction project here.
Geary County is also home to two community colleges, Cloud Community College-Geary County Campus and Barton Community College-Fort Riley Campus. The colleges offer a variety of degrees, certificates, and specialized training.
Kansas State University (K-State), a world-class research institution, is a mere 20 minutes away. It features more than 250 undergraduate majors and 165 graduate degrees and boasts a 95 percent placement rate (job or further education) for bachelor’s degree graduates and 96 percent placement rate for master’s degree graduates.
K-State ranks first among public universities for its number of national scholars. former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle referred to K-State as "the Silicon Valley for biodefense.” Its Manhattan campus will host the new $1.25 billion National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, which is being constructed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Manhattan Area Technical College, one of the nation’s premier technical institutions, is a mere 20 minutes from Junction City. It made Forbes’ Top 25 Two-Year Trade Schools list in 2018, a ranking based on factors such as graduation rates and alumni salaries.
Junction City-Geary County’s accessibility to higher education institutions is a benefit for employees seeking professional development and specialized training. It’s also an advantage for businesses since it assures a well educated workforce.