Nevada/Vernon County is a rural community with a strong commitment to education. Public school systems in the county include:

Nevada High Shcool

Bronaugh Wildcats

Sheldon Panthers

In addition, there are two private schools in Nevada:
• St. Mary’s Elementary School, affiliated with St. Mary’s Catholic Church
• Calvary Christian School, affiliated with Calvary Baptist Church

There are two colleges in Nevada:
• Crowder College (a community college based in Neosho, Missouri) has a satellite campus in Nevada
• Cottey College, a small, independent women’s college, that has been here since 1884

Nevada/ Vernon County is also home to the Missouri Welding Institute, a  trade school.
Missouri Welding Institute is a “Premier Welding School” geared to training welders for jobs all over the world. Their training facility occupies an area that is 26,500 square feet which includes the welding shop, pipefitting laboratory, cylinder storage, classroom, library, student breakroom, storm shelter, storage building and offices. More information is available on their website at

Nevada public schools
The mission of the Nevada R-V School District, a district that inspires innovative and educational excellence, is to develop well-equipped life-long learners who are productive in a changing global society through diverse educational experiences. They also use  the best instructional practices, and innovative technology, as well as utilizing the resources of our community. (From the Nevada R-V website.)

The local Nevada R-V district is Accredited with Distinction and is an A+ school, providing students a path to a successful future. Students who graduate from an accredited A+ high school (and meet specific requirements) may use their benefits at any Missouri community college. These benefits include reduced tuition.

The Nevada R-V School District has two elementary schools, one elementary/middle school, one high school, and a regional vocational-technical center which serves the county. The district also works with Heartland Hospital, a local mental health facility for youth, to provide their educational services for Heartland’s residential population.

Statistics on the Nevada R-V School system may be found on the website for Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at Information about the district’s programs and schools may be found at

Crowder College
Crowder has had a presence in Nevada since 1995. In addition to traditional associate degree programs, the college also offers an accelerated one-year LPN program. These programs are housed in the Nevada Moss Higher Education Learning Center, and offer flexible class schedules including early morning, afternoon, and evening classes for your convenience.

Fully networked computer labs are available for student usage. The Nevada campus features traditional classroom instructed courses as well as “Flex” courses (these feature a combination of classroom hours and a Blackboard internet component.)

Because Crowder is a Missouri community college, students who have earned A+ benefits at an accredited Missouri high school, may use those benefits at the local campus.

For more information on Crowder College in Nevada, visit their website at:

Cottey College
Cottey College is an independent liberal arts and sciences college for women offering both four-year and two-year programs. Cottey offers the following degrees:

• Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration-Management
• Bachelor of Arts in English
• Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

• Bachelor of Arts in International Business
• Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

• Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

• Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Associate in Arts

• Associate in Arts-Music
• Associate in Fine Arts-Art

• Associate in Fine Arts-Dance

• Associate in Fine Arts-Theatre
• Associate in Science


The college, founded by Virginia Alice Cottey in 1884, was given to the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 1927, which makes Cottey the only nonsectarian college in the United States owned and supported by women for women. The P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization of almost 250,000 members, is dedicated to providing excellent educational opportunities to women.

Today, a Cottey education emphasizes high academic standards with unique opportunities for personal growth through residential, cultural, and intellectual experiences.

The Cottey College Performing Arts Series regularly brings noted performers and lecturers to campus for the enjoyment of not only its students, but the community as well.

For more information on Cottey College, visit their website at: