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Launch your career in these high-demand fields! Employers in St. Joseph and Northwest Missouri are looking to fill positions- taking classes or working toward a certification or degree in these areas can help make you work-ready for that next step to your future.

MCC-Maple Woods | St. Joseph Location: 3434 Faraon Street, St. Joseph, MO 64506

Practical Nursing

Program Contact: Crystal Oldham,

As a Practical Nurse you’ll be able to help your community in a number of settings that are needing nurses now. These include long-term care facilities, hospitals, doctor’s clinics, and even positions with school districts and government health agencies. Your career path is wide open for this in-demand field, and in one year you can start your career through our program that is approved by the Missouri Department of Nursing while getting hands-on experience so you’re job ready. Learn more about the Practical Nursing Program.

Median Pay: $47,480/year (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Radiologic Technology

Program Contact: Mallary Hann,

Earning your credentials here can launch your career knowing you’re up to date with the fast changing technology in this field. In this program you’ll learn how to operate x-ray machinery and position the patient to create high quality radiographs to aid in diagnosis. You can become an important part of the healthcare teams in hospitals and clinics throughout the Midland Empire- and beyond. Learn more about the Radiologic Technology Program.

Median Pay: $62,280/year (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Surgical Technology

Program Contact: Susan McMillian,

Surgical technologists work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses in hospital operating rooms and outpatient surgery centers. In this career you’ll be preparing the operating room for surgery, assuring surgical equipment works properly and assisting the surgical team in ensuring the operating conditions are safe and sterile. Learn more about the Surgical Technology Program

Median Pay: $48,300/year (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Associate in Arts

MCC's Associate in Arts degree provides a well-rounded educational foundation that prepares students to select appropriate majors/career paths, help them transfer and successfully complete baccalaureate degrees.