FIRST RATE EDUCATION, FIRST RATE WORKERS
Junction City - Geary County is home to an unusually high number of award-winning schools. Our state education system is one of the best in the nation and a powerful factor in the success of many businesses. High school graduation rates and the percentage of graduates who hold bachelor’s degrees are both well above national averages. Locally, that means a highly motivated and well-educated workforce. In addition, Kansas is a right-to-work state; that helps keep labor costs below the national average. Current union membership in Kansas is also well below the national average (just 6.8 percent). In addition, we offer specific workforce training programs and initiatives for companies new to Kansas, or local businesses looking to grow and restructure. Talk to the economic development professionals in Junction City - Geary County. We’ll keep your business centered on the optimal opportunities and incentives.
Kansas State University right next door
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The oldest university in Kansas is Kansas State University (K-State) and the campus is located minutes away from Junction City. K-State is a public institution that was founded in 1863. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of more than 24,000.
The university is classified as a university with the highest level of research activity (R1) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Kansas State University has 65 academic departments in nine colleges: Agriculture; Architecture, Planning and Design; Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Education; Engineering; Human Ecology; Technology and Aviation; and Veterinary Medicine. The graduate school offers 71 master's degree programs, 43 doctoral programs and 39 graduate certificates.
K-State Excellence in Agriculture, Biosecurity Research & Veterinary Medicine
School of Agriculture The university has had a long-standing interest in agriculture, particularly native Great Plains plant and animal life. The university also owns an additional 18,000 acres across the state that it operates as research centers through Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service in all 105 Kansas counties.
K-States Biosecurity Research & New National Bio and Agro-defense Facility
In 2006, K-State dedicated the Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, as a safe and secure location for scientists and their collaborators to study high-consequence pathogens and "farm-to-fork" infectious diseases, addressing threats to plant, animal and human health. The institute was designed and constructed for biosafety level 3 agriculture research.
The availability of BRI was a prime factor in attracting the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, to K-State. After a three-year site selection process, Riley County was selected as the new home for NBAF. NBAF is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's foremost animal disease research facility. The facility is currently under construction on Kansas State University's campus and is adjacent to BRI. This strategic location places NBAF near important veterinary, agricultural, and biosecurity research and expertise.
The new facility will feature about 500,000 square feet of research and support space. Construction of NBAF will cost $1.25 billion and is expected to be complete by 2021 and in operation by 2023.
School of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University has one of the oldest veterinary colleges in the United States. More than 5,000 men and women have been granted the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Departments within the College of Veterinary Medicine are anatomy and physiology, clinical sciences, and diagnostic medicine/pathobiology.