Grand River Technical School of Chillicothe, Missouri
  • For more information about GRTS, call 660-646-3414, or stop by and visit us at 1200 Fair Street, Chillicothe, Missouri or E-Mail Us.
  • For tuition & fee information, click here.

Centrally Located...
GRTS is located in Chillicothe, Missouri, a rural community of 10,000 people. We are in North Central Missouri about 70 miles from St. Joseph, 120 miles from Des Moines, 90 miles from Kansas City, and 240 miles from St. Louis. We are close to many modern industries and employment opportunities for our graduates. The community provides strong support for the school and its students with private housing and part-time jobs.

Call Us for a Tour...
Your application for admission will be reviewed individually. You should make a point to visit the school where you can meet with our vocational counselor, financial aid administrator, faculty members from your area of interest, and receive a tour of the school. Contact us via email, phone, or stop by.

Great Career Choices...
Technical careers account for over 70% of the jobs in this country. Employers are ready for you to complete your training and choose from many career opportunities. Check out the listing of
programs below.

Most complete in one school year, beginning in August and finishing in May. Classes meet for six hours per day for a total of 1,080 hours. The programs include paid internships to help you get a jump start in your career area. Programs are certified by national industry certification organizations to ensure modern curriculum as specified by industry standards.

High Tech Equipment and Facilities...
Compare our school to others or visit a top industry, and you will find that the GRTS has the most modern, up-to-date equipment available. When you graduate, you will be trained and ready for employment in the best jobs available.

The GRTS campus consists of classroom and shops/labs for each program and also includes an on-site preschool and child care center for those students needing child care services for their children while they attend school.  Grand River Tech also maintains the Litton Agri-Science Center where its entire agriculture program is housed.

Experienced and Qualified Instructors...
Your instructors have extensive work experience in the career field they teach. The instructor's industry work experience is important to you. You won't be bored by theory, but will receive a practical, hands-on education that is demanded by your employers. All programs have industry advisory committees who evaluate and recommend the necessary curriculum for proper preparation for a successful career.


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Our Mission at GRTS...
Our mission is to prepare you for a successful, rewarding career. Don't make a career out of going to school - choose a school that prepares you for a career. We won't waste your time. We'll give you the necessary career skills as efficiently as possible and help you move into your career or on to additional post-secondary training. Evaluate and visit our programs before you enroll, and when you start, give us your best!

Our Job Isn't Done Until You Have a Job...
You enroll at GRTS to develop the skills required for a successful career of your choise. We will do our part to create employment opportunities for you, and we provide a full-time career placement service for all graduates and former students anytime. A job bank of available part-time jobs is maintained while you are in a school. Click here to view our most recent Placement Charts.

Earn Free College Credit...
Students who attend courses at Grand River Technical School, have the opportunity to earn articulated college credit. Articulated credit offers students a way to save money and time completing an Associate in Applied Science degree. Grand River Technical School works with the following colleges to award articulated college credit: North Central Missouri College; Metropolitan Community Colleges; Linn State Technical College; State Fair Community College. For a complete list of programs and credit hours, visit our Articulation page. For more information on the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree from North Central Missouri College, click here!

Non-Traditional Students Welcome...
GRTS provides services and encourages enrollment by special populations including non-traditional students, dislocated workers, single parents, and displaced homemakers. Supplemental financial aid is available to students who qualify.

Looking for Housing...
Students desiring to reside in Chillicothe will find available rooms or apartments. Even though the school does not have a dormitory, school personnel will assist you in locating suitable housing. In addition, approximately 90% of GRTS students receive financial assistance.

Affordable Education...
Several types of financial aid are available at GRTS. These include various grants, which do not require repayment, and scholarships, through sources such as PELL grant, Workforce Investment Act, Veteran's Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation, New Traditions, A+ Schools, and Institutional scholarships. To be eligible for financial assistance, you must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority date for this form is April 1 for fall enrollment. GRTS financial aid code is 005531. For information concerning application procedures, contact the Financial Aid Administrator. For tuition information, click here. Download our Adult Admissions Policy and Financial Aid Handbook as an Adobe PDF file.

Child Care...
Quality child care, licensed by the Department of Health, and accredited by Missouri Accreditation and the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, is available on campus for your children while you attend school.

A Little Background...
Grand River Technical School opened its doors in 1967, operating at that time under the name "Chillicothe Area Vocational-Technical School." A new addition was added in 1973. On July 1, 1995, the name of the school was changed to Grand River Technical School to more properly reflect the "area" concept of the school's territory.
Since opening, there have only been four directors, including the current director. They were as follows: Roder Nyberg: 1967-1989; Ron Wolf: 1989-2013; Roger Wolf (Co-director): 2004-2013; and Jayme Caughron: 2013-present (Assistant Director from 2004-2013). At one time (1984-85), all four of these individuals were actually at the technical school at the same time - Roder Nyberg as director; Ron Wolf as assistant director; Roger Wolf as Agriculture instructor; and Jayme (Bannan) Caughron as a Business student.

The school provides needed technical training programs for secondary students, post-secondary students, and adults. It is accredited by Council on Occupational Education (COE), approved by the Missouri State Department of Education as an area school, and is operated by the Chillicothe R-II School District.

Free tuition is available at GRTS for qualifying A+ students. Contact the GRTS financial aid office to find out how much A+ will cover for your program!

Over 750 secondary students attend as part of their high school program from the following 16 high schools:

Bosworth R-V

Hamilton R-II
Braymer C-IV Linn Co. R-I
Breckenridge R-I Meadville R-IV
Cameron R-I Northwestern R-I
Chillicothe R-II Southwest R-I
Gallatin R-V Tina-Avalon R-II
Grundy County R-V Trenton R-IX
Hale R-I Tri-County R-VII

Student-faculty ratio is 15-1. Many post-secondary students attend our daytime preparatory programs each year. These students come from throughout the Midwest, primarily North Central Missouri. In addition, over 1,000 area adults use these facilities for evening classes during each school year. Click here to view our most recent Placement Charts.

The Grand River Technical School adheres to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of
age, color, creed, handicap, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, or sex
in admissions, educational programs, activities, financial aid, and employment.

Public Notice
Nondiscrimination Statement
Chillicothe R-II School District

The Chillicothe R-II School District complies with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and the American Disabilities Act (ADA). It is the policy of the school district that no person, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap, shall be discriminated against in employment, educational programs and activities or admissions. Inquiries or complaints concerning the Chillicothe R-II School Districtís compliance with the regulations implementing Title II, Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 or the American Disabilities Act (ADA) may be directed to: Superintendent Office, Chillicothe R-II School District, P.O. Box 530, Chillicothe, Missouri, 64601. (660-646-4566).

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Grand River Technical School
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