Higher Education

Our region’s well-educated workforce is a tremendous asset for area companies. Our high school graduation rates and the percentage of graduates who hold bachelor’s degrees are both well above national averages. In addition, our state education system is one of the best in the nation and plays a role in the success of many businesses. 

Kansas State University (K-State), the R1 research institution and oldest university in Kansas, is located minutes away from Junction City. K-State has 65 academic departments in nine colleges. Its graduate school offers 71 master's degree programs, 43 doctoral programs and 39 graduate certificates.

K-State prides itself on a business-friendly approach. Visit these links to explore their research collaboration, professional development, and co-location options.

KSU bio science student

The university has a longstanding emphasis on agriculture and veterinary medicine. Because of K-State’s research excellence in biosecurity, it was selected as the home of the new $1.25 billion National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's foremost animal disease research facility. The cutting edge facility will feature about 500,000 square feet of research and support space. It’s expected to be completed by 2021 and in operation by 2023.

NBAF building exterior


Manhattan Area Technical College provides high quality technical, general, and adult education to prepare individuals to pursue technologically advanced careers and lead productive lives in a dynamic and diverse global environment. 

MATC fulfills its mission by:

  • Offering associate of applied science degrees and technical certificates upon completion of programs and courses in technical fields to meet student, employer, and community needs.
  • Complementing technical instruction with general education courses emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.
  • Creating opportunities for secondary students in technical education through articulation agreements.
  • Providing student services to include counseling, financial aid, skill enhancement and assessment, employability preparation, and student-directed activities.
  • Assessing student performance and outcomes to enhance learning.
  • Allocating resources to ensure a safe, accessible, and student-friendly learning environment.
  • Monitoring integrity through interaction with program advisory councils, a general advisory council, and evaluation by approving agencies.
  • Serving as a valued community leader and partner in the educational, economic, and workforce development of our service area.

Manhattan Area Technical College

Cloud County Community College (CCCC) prepares students to lead successful lives and enhances the vitality of its communities. Founded in 1965, the CCCC serves the educational needs of 12 counties in North Central Kansas. The first campus was located in Concordia, however, services are provided at 28 other sites, including the Geary County Campus in Junction City, Kansas. Courses and programs are offered in the traditional liberal arts and in selected career fields. In addition to the educational offerings, a wide range of student activities, including intercollegiate athletics, are offered to the student body. The College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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