For businesses, employment costs are generally among the largest line item expenditure.
Access to a well-educated, strong work ethic and productive workforce is key. We take education seriously.
The LEDC continuously conducts one-on-one business visits to keep in touch with our workforce needs. Additionally, the school district is a partner in our economic development efforts. They understand that commercial and business growth are good for the district. The Superintendent serves on our board of directors. Our contract with the District provides economic development services such as business attraction and business retention and expansion.
Liberty Public Schools
Located just northeast of downtown Kansas City, Liberty Public Schools meets the unique needs of more than 12,500 students. From academics to athletics and gifted to special education, our teachers and administrators collaborate with families to ensure that we provide a future-focused community with a passion for lifelong learning.
Public Education Liberty Public School District is the reason young families choose the Liberty area for their homes. Liberty Public School District has been recognized locally, state-wide and nationally as a premier public school district as evidenced by awards such as the prestigious “Distinction in Performance Award” given by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The award is given to districts that demonstrate consistent gains in academic performance.
Liberty is one of only 32 districts of 523 which have received the award for ten consecutive years.
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William Jewell College
Liberty offers post-secondary education as well. William Jewell College is located just east of the historic downtown square.
William Jewell’s commitment to cultivating critical thinkers in pursuit of meaningful lives is woven into the living and learning community and is the basis of the Applied Critical Thought Core Curriculum and more than 40 majors and programs, including nursing, civil engineering, data science, business, music and psychological science. Jewell’s one to 10 faculty-student ratio allows a personalized experience through numerous distinctive programs. For example, the Oxbridge Honors Program, supported by the Hall Family Foundation, combines British tutorial methods of instruction with a year of study in Oxford, England. Students have traveled to 59 countries with their Journey Grants, a $2,000 minimum grant available for academic enrichment, leadership and service. A national award-winning Concert Choir with two CDs, national champion debate team, Harriman-Jewell premier performing arts series and the Idea Exchange Innovation Lab demonstrate the depth of opportunities available to students. Jewell is consistently named among America’s best colleges by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Money, Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s and Washington Monthly, and also is an Apple Distinguished School.
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Metropolitan Community Colleges
The Kansas City Metro area is fortunate to have a consortium of colleges called the Metropolitan Community Colleges. You can link to that info at www.mcckc.edu. All of the colleges have specialties. Of special interest is the Business & Technology College which is ready to assist companies with customized training.
Metropolitan Community College is the oldest and largest public institution of higher learning in Kansas City, Mo., founded in 1915 as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute. The Junior College of Kansas City, as it was known starting in 1919, was one of the first schools in the country to award an associate degree. Today, MCC offers 125 associate degree and certificate programs.
Metropolitan Community College comprises five campuses on the Missouri side of the Greater Kansas City area — 47 major buildings and about 550 acres in all.
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University of Missouri Kansas City
We are the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area. Our faculty are leaders in their fields – and they’re within reach. Our 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio means professors know their students’ names and take mentorship seriously.
Our students come from all 50 states and 85+ countries, enriching our community with diverse perspectives. And with more than 125 academic areas, our students have a lot of opportunities to explore on their way to discovering and creating their perfect career.
We’re at the heart of a thriving urban area, and the city’s life and energy influence everything that happens here. We are Kansas City’s university.
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