Career Training

The Technical Education Center (TEC) offers over 20 hands-on technical skill training programs during the day which lead to certificates and employment in office and computer technology, service and health occupations, or trade and industrial fields.

Administrative Office Professional

Administrative Office Professional Certificate is designed to give students a well-rounded preparation for a career in an office by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to a continuously changing administrative work environment. This program provides a variety of career options needed to become a valued member of a business office team.

Automotive Technology

Auto Technology is designed to give students the skills to pass the written portion of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification tests and customized to meet the highest standards of the National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation (NATEF).


This is a highly structured program which prepares students to take the Kansas Board of Cosmetology written and performance exam required before a graduate can become a licensed cosmetologist.

Early Childhood Education

This program prepares students to work in child care centers, pre-schools, hospital infant care centers, recreation centers or family child care homes. Students receive hands-on training through lab experience at the Kansas City Kansas Early Childhood Center (KCKECC).

Health Careers

This is a one-semester course which prepares a high school senior to become a Certified Nurse Aide who provides direct patient care (taking vital signs, assisting with nourishment consumption, personal hygiene, etc.).

Networking Technology

Network Applications is a study of how computers share information on Local Area Networks (LANS) and Wide Area Networks (WANS/Internet). TEC is a certified Cisco Networking Academy and also features certifications in Network Plus and Cisco Voice and Data Cabling.

Office Assistant

Office Assistant Certificate is designed to give students a well-rounded preparation for a career in an office by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to a continuously changing office work environment.

Professional Cooking

Professional Cooking teaches students to master the fundamental skills of food service in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, catering, etc.

Welding Technology

This program is designed to teach specific skills in all aspects of the welding trade, including blueprint reading, metallurgy, oxy-acetylene and semi-automatic cutting, brazing, and industry standard welding processes in a standard set of positions. Students learn welding processes to work with cast iron, brass, aluminum, stainless steel and alloy metals

Steps to get enrolled

If you are still in high school, meet with a career counselor at your high school or contact the admissions counselor at the Technical Education Center to discuss your interests, qualifications, and program requirements.

If you are beyond high school (including high school non-completers and GED students) contact the Technical Education Center Counselor to help you with your career planning and enrollment. Call 913-288-7800 for an appointment. Take the placement assessment test (new applicants only).
Choose your area of study from the programs listed.

Upon completion of your application, look into financial aid opportunities and available scholarships.

Register for your classes at the Technical Education Center.

Post-secondary Students

All post-secondary applicants must interview with the TEC Admissions Counselor. They must take a placement test to get into any program at the Technical Education Center.

A minimum score on the placement test is required to be eligible for some programs. Students who do not score 56 on the placement test are required to take a READ 91 course. Contact TEC counselor for details.

Students may apply for financial aid or make plans for tuition payment.

High School Students

High school students (except those in Health Careers, Nail Tech, Early Childhood Education and Office Assistant) who have earned TEC credit hours with dual credit can return and complete the training program.

It will take 3 to 7 months, depending on the credits earned. The student will only pay tuition and fees (at the post-secondary rate) for the remaining hours and may qualify for financial aid.

Students who complete a TEC postsecondary skill-training program are eligible to proceed with an Associates Degree at the Kansas City Kansas Community College.

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