• About Manual

    Target Population

    KCPS offers a multitude of career and technical programs through its Manual Career and Technical Center (MCTC). Students attend Manual during their 11th or 12th-grade years. The Center offers 11 career and technical programs. These programs include:

    • Automotive Collision and Repair
    • Automotive Technology
    • Barber, Cosmetology & Manicure
    • Construction Technology
    • Pro Start - Culinary Arts
    • Digital Marketing & Media
    • Educator Prep
    • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
    • Health Science
    • Project Lead the Way Engineering
    • Water Management

    At Manual, we prepare students to enter a highly educated workforce or to begin post-secondary education. Successful completion of a designated program allows students to be eligible for articulated or dual college credit and access to employment placement services.

    Brief History


    Manual High School was a vocational high school which opened in the late 1800s. Manual served neighborhoods north of downtown such as Guinotte Manor, Chateou Homes; and neighborhoods nearby such as T.B Watkins Homes, Wayne Minor Homes, Parade Park, and Parker Square Homes. The original building closed after the 1968-1969 school year. Manual High School was then relocated to the former Kansas City Jr College building, located across the street from Westport High School, while the original building was torn down and was replaced with the current building. Manual High School was closed after the 1977-1978 school year. Many of the former Manual students were sent to Northeast High School, Southwest High School, Lincoln High School, and other high schools in the KCMO district.-(Wikipedia)