Ellis County is enriched by the presence of two institutions of higher learning. The North Central Kansas Technical College
offers vocational training in mechanical trades, nursing, auto technology, and business management and technology.
Fort Hays State University
has approximately 10,000 students and offers hundreds of programs from associate through master's degrees in 28 academic departments. The university has earned a national reputation for its quality distance learning programs - more than half of its students are enrolled in online coursework.