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College & Career

North Kansas City Schools offers numerous opportunities for students and teachers to explore high interest and high-demand careers, both in and out of the classroom.

Read more about our programs throughout the website or feel free to contact us directly by phone or email.

College and Career Pathways

There is an exciting new learning initiative happening in the North Kansas City schools and it is going to change the way we are educating our students. The College and Career Pathways will transform learning and ensure all students are graduating with skills needed to succeed in college, careers, and life. Each of our four high schools now offers students the opportunity to be a part of one of four “schools within a school” aligned with leading industry sectors – including health, business, technology/design, and human services. Questions or interested in learning more about Pathways? Please contact Director Christy Collins.

More about Pathways

College and Career Readiness 

North Kansas City Schools offers several programs allowing students early access to college-level coursework. Our Early College Academy is offered on three Metropolitan Community College campuses- Maple Woods, Penn Valley, and the ATSI-Advanced Technical Skills Institute. The ECA is a half-day program where students spend their morning or afternoon taking college classes on campus. Participants can make significant progress towards earning an associate degree or other industry-recognized credential. All three campuses offer distinctly different programming. NKC Schools has recently partnered with University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) to offer an Early College Academy experience. In fall 2023, several seniors became our first cohort of Roos! For more details about either program, please contact Asst. Director Shannon Gilliland.

More about Early College Academy

All Off-Campus Programs

Work-Based Learning

North Kansas City Schools values the input of our community and business leaders. We understand the work in our classrooms impacts the world around us. Beginning in the fall of 2021, students across the district have new opportunities to see the authentic connection between classroom activities and the world of work. Students will engage in a variety of work-based learning experiences throughout their 4-year high school experience. Questions about WBL or want to get involved? Please contact Director Shannon Shelton.

Work-Based Learning Details

Catalyst Program

The NKC Catalyst Program identifies and supports students from all the district high schools who are exceptionally high performing and historically underrepresented to be accepted and graduate from the most selective colleges and universities in the nation. Our vision is that one day all the best students in NKC schools will have access to the best colleges, regardless of their background or socioeconomic status and these unique opportunities will change their lives. Questions about Catalyst? Please contact Coordinator Dr. Lori Dameron.

Learn More About Catalyst

College & Career Facilitators

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Dr. Jamie McSparin

North Kansas City High School
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Shannon Cunningham

Oak Park High School
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Jill Jackson

Staley High School
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Alayna Martin

Winnetonka High School