Trade Schools in Kansas City, MO with Information on Adult Classes

The Kansas City, MO, area has eight schools that offer trade classes. Get some information about these programs and some quick facts for three of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Kansas City, MO, Schools with Trade Programs

There are a few trade schools in and around the Kansas City, Missouri area. There are many non-degree programs available in various trades, such as in construction, industrial technology, automotive repair and many other career areas, and some associate degrees are also available. Detailed information about three schools offering trade programs in and near Kansas City, MO, is found here. Read about coursework, hands-on training opportunities and program duration. Get facts about these schools provided in the table at the bottom of this article.

  • Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City offers apprenticeships, certificate and associate degree programs in health, engineering and industrial technologies. The college is located within the downtown Kansas City, MO, area.
  • Herndon Career Center is based approximately 13 miles southeast of downtown Kansas City, MO. It provides non-degree trade programs in about 12 fields of study.
  • Northland Career Center has programs focusing on building and industrial trades. The center is found approximately 25 miles northwest of downtown Kansas City.

Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City

Founded more than 90 years ago, Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City has five campuses serving students throughout the city. This school offers a total of 80 career programs that can prepare students for necessary certification or licensure in their chosen fields.

Dental Assisting Programs

These accredited programs offer classroom and hands-on instruction in dental materials, dental anatomy, radiology and dental office management. Clinical experiences are designed to train students in chairside assisting and dental lab procedures. Students can earn a certificate or Associate of Applied Science.

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Programs

Either a certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree can be earned in this area. Those enrolled in these programs study such topics as blueprint reading, modeling, architecture, graphics and drawing. Certificates can be earned after completing 13-15 credit hours.

Industrial Technology Apprenticeships

While earning an Associate in Applied Science degree, students in apprenticeship programs must complete a determined number of hours of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Students can prepare for careers as, among others, sheet metal workers, mechanics, ironworkers, welders, carpenters, plumbers or painters.

Herndon Career Center

A career development center in Raytown, a suburb of Kansas City, Herndon Career Center is operated through the town's school district. The center provides career training for several trades, from automotive technology to welding. In some cases, the center partners with area colleges to provide studies.

Culinary Arts Program

This 1-year program is designed to teach students how to prepare soups, entrees and desserts through classroom instruction and participation in catering events. It is open to students who have completed the first year of the ProStart commercial culinary arts curriculum.

Nursing Program

Students in this 1-year program train to become Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA). Classroom instruction and clinical experiences teach students about various health care processes and procedures in patient care. Those completing this program are prepared to take CNA licensing exams.

Diesel, Industrial and Agricultural Mechanics Program

In this 2-year program, students learn how to repair and maintain farm equipment, large construction equipment, trains and large truck engines. Hands-on training is a vital part of this curriculum. Students earn college credits with Linn State Technical College.

Northland Career Center

Northland Career Center is located in Platte City, MO. A public, nonprofit technical and trade school, Northland Career Center offers day and evening classes for 1- and 2-year programs in trades, health sciences, law enforcement and technology.

Building Trades Program

This course provides an introduction to electricity, carpentry, blueprint reading and painting. Classroom instruction and lab experience is combined with outdoor projects such as building a house or structure. Students learn technical information relating to the building trades industry. Those who complete the program and participate in a registered apprenticeship may receive advanced credit through the Builders' Training Center.

Industrial Welding Program

This program provides students with training in welding practices. Students begin by learning basic skills in oxygen-acetylene, shielded metal arc and fusion welding and flame cutting. Coursework provides instruction in welding terminology, blueprint reading and welding theory. Advanced training focuses on fabrication techniques, shielded metal arc welding, plasma arc cutting and gas tungsten arc welding on aluminum, stainless steel and carbon steels. Speed and work quality are both emphasized in order to prepare students for employment tests.

Comparison of Schools

If you are considering attending a trade school, it is often just as important to consider all factors of the school as it is to research information about programs themselves. Read below for statistics and figures regarding each school's tuition, population, financial aid and more.

Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Herndon Career Center Northland Career Center
School Type 2-year, public Less than 2-year, public Less than 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2013)19,234* 6* 36*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Fringe town
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)$2,790 (in-district)
$5,190 (in-state)
$6,810 (out-of-state)*
$8,400 for largest program (Autobody/collision and repair technology/technician)* $11,000 for largest program (Licensed practical nurse)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2012-2013)55%* N/A 81%*
Acceptance Rate (2013)100% (open admissions)* N/A 100% (open admissions)*
Retention Rate (2013)55%* 100%* 94%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2013)14%* 100%* 94%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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