Student-focused education established on the principles of service to others and founded upon faith, honor and the human spirit.


Tarkio College d/b/a Tarkio Tech is following the Atchison County Missouri Health Departments Guidelines regarding COVID-19.  We will continue to follow their guidelines.  We hope everyone will follow their regional guidelines as well.  


Our Programs and Upcoming Events



Dates: May 24, 2021 to July 15, 2021

Meets: Monday through Thursday,  2 pm – 3 pm

Location: Thompson Learning Center

Cost: $ 50


Tai Chi is a form of exercise that improves health, quality of life, and balance.  Join Debbie Bennett, MU Extension Nutrition & Health Education Specialist, for this easy-to-learn, safe and effective program.  Registration fee of $50 is required by the first day of class.  Class limit is 15, so don’t delay – register by calling the Atchison County Extension Center at 660-744-6231 or by emailing bennettdl@missouri.edu.



Dates: June 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021

Meets: Monday through Thursday,  8 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Tarkio Tech Welding Lab

Total Cost: $ 5370 includes….

One time $20 Admissions Fee

Textbook Purchase $140

Estimated $400 Personal Equipment Fee

Instructor: Scott Adams, Tarkio Tech Welding Instructor

Welding techniques: Intro to Welding, Safety, and Health (3 credits), Print Reading and Welding Symbols (3 credits), Arc Welding (3 credits), Oxy-Acetylene Welding (3 credits), Gas Metal Arc Welding (3 credits), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (3 credits), Advanced MIG (2 credits), Advanced TIG (2 credits)

Sign up for this 13-week certificate program and be ready to start your welding career when your high school classmates are still trying to figure out what to do with their life.


Dates: April 13, April 15, April 20, April 22, April 27, April 29

(6 class meetings)

Meets: 7:00pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Thompson Learning Center

Registration Fee: $100

Instructor: Dr. John Fisher, Tarkio College Vice-President of Academics & Program Management This is an Advanced social media marketing on zoom where you will apply social media techniques learned in “Promoting Your Business Online.”



Dates: May 8, 2021

Meets: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm with 30 minute lunch break

Location: Thompson Learning Center

Registration Fees: $185 (Includes the Certification fee)

Instructor: Chef Paul Seaman

ServSafe certification means that you have sufficient knowledge about food safety to earn a certificate. This class focuses on the ServSafe Food Handler Certification. ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the U.S. National Restaurant Association. The program is accredited by ANSI and the Conference for Food Protection. Sanitation certification is required by most restaurants as a basic credential for their management staff.


Dates: April 22 Meets: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Thompson Learning Center

Registration Fees: Free

Instructor: Beverly K. Jones, JD–Attorney at Law

What is a “last will & testament “and how is it different from a “living will?” Do I need a trust? What happens to my “stuff” when I die? What happens to my “stuff ” when I am alive, but can’t make decisions for myself? A basic understanding of what estate planning is and how it can benefit you and your family.



Dates:  JULY 27-29, 2021


Cost:  $100/student.  If there are more than one student from the same family, each subsequent student in that family is $50/student. Some need-based scholarships may be available.  (Make Checks payable to Iris Seaman) 

Join us for a three-day physical theater workshop on July 27-29, 2021!  Kids from 3rd to 8th grade will create characters and original scenes tailored for kids.  Students will learn how to use their bodies on stage to portray larger-than-life characters and capture their creative impulses to tell their own unique stories.   Using improvisation and games, students will discover how to write theater “on their feet” and make scene that don’t rely on an existing script.  The course begins on July 27th and will run in two sessions: 

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  – 6th through 8th grade students
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  – 3rd through 5th grade students
  • On Day 1 (July 27th) sign-ins will take place 15 minutes before class starts


Both groups will have an opportunity to present their creativity to their parents, friends and family with a final combined showcase on Thursday, July 29th at 5:30 p.m. After the showing, there will be a “burger or brat” meal courtesy of PJBJ, LLC. The meal will be provided to students and parents, other guests welcome to attend for a cost of $6.00


6th-8th grade rehearsal 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

3rd-5th grade will have a recess break at 4:00 p.m.

& rehearsal 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Come prepared to move, and wear comfortable clothing. Snacks and water will be provided.  No other supplies or experience are necessary.

Each session is limited to 15 students!!

Call Tarkio Tech at 660-623-9071 TODAY to reserve your spot!


Iris Athena Seaman is a theater maker and teaching artist based in Philadelphia.  She has an MFA in Devised Performance from the University of the Art / Pig Iron School and a BA in Theater from Drake University. As a guest faculty member of the Circadium School of Contemporary Circus, Iris leads her students in crafting original circus theater. Her most recent performance work focuses on slapstick and comedic farce through video. Iris is the daughter and step-daughter of Paul J. Seaman and Beverly K. Jones, of Tarkio.

Devin Preston is a performer, gamemaker, and certified coach based in Philadelphia.  He has an MFA in Devised Performance from the University of the Art / Pig Iron School and a BA/BS in Film, Television, and Theater and in Physics from the University of Notre Dame.  He currently teaches Neutral Mask at the University of the Arts. He also develops interactive performances for organizations such as the Franklin Institute. Originally from Anchorage, AK, Devin aims to inspire joy and imagination in his work.



{Dates will be set when we have a minimum of 10 students registered.  Class will be held on a Saturday and Sunday starting at 9AM}  Tarkio Technology Institute in Tarkio, Missouri is  partnering with DARTdrones to provide Professional Drone Pilot Training.  The two-day, in-person training covers all exam topics for the FAA Remote Pilot Exam as well as hands-on drone pilot training at the campus in Tarkio.  DARTdrones provides the nation’s highest quality drone training with a simple yet comprehensive model for enterprise clients, government agencies, public safety departments, and individuals. Their comprehensive training programs are customizable and feature in-person hands-on training on flight training, instruction on attaining a commercial remote pilot license, scenario-based online training, and mission specific advanced training on search and rescue, thermal imaging, aerial mapping, inspections, aerial videography, and more.  The total cost of this two-day training is $1200 per student.   For more information please contact us.  Admission applications are available at our website www.tarkiotech.com or you may email us at info@tarkiotech.com or call Tarkio Tech at 660-623-9071.  Class space is limited and must be in  multiples of 10 students.


Located at the Thompson Learning Center on the Tarkio College Campus in Tarkio, Missouri, the objective of TTI is to provide professionals with the technical skillset to be competitive in the fields of Plumbing, Wind Energy, and Welding. More trade programs are in development.



The Plumbing Technology Diploma consists of 41 Credits of classroom and hands-on instruction. For students who prefer shorter programs, TTI offers two Certificates in Plumbing Technology: Basic and Advanced.

Wind Energy

The Wind Energy Technology Diploma consists of 40 Credits of classroom and hands-on instruction. For students who prefer shorter programs, TTI offers two Certificates in Wind Energy Technology: Basic and Advanced.


Welding technology program is designed to give you a sound foundation in the principles, practices, and usages of both gas and electric welding. This diploma program offers you the education necessary to become a skilled welder.

Our History

Tarkio College was founded in 1883 largely through the efforts and support of a local farmer and entrepreneur, David Rankin.  It became a well-respected, four-year private liberal arts college which continued to operate and bless its students, faculty, staff, and community at large until 1992.  The campus sat idle for periods of time, while loyal alumni sought to recapture an educational mission for the school.  These efforts have brought forth fruit in 2019.  Tarkio College d/b/a Tarkio Technology Institute (Tarkio Tech) has achieved certification from the Missouri Department of Higher Education to provide needed technical training and skills for today’s workforce.

Our Values

  • Academic excellence – we achieve academic excellence as measured by student learning outcomes.
  • Community – we develop a sense of community as demonstrated by service to one another and to others in the community.
  • Honesty and integrity – through honesty and integrity, we develop a trusting learning community.
  • Truth – we seek and communicate the truth.
  • Caring – by caring for everyone we can change our world.
  • Love – Love and treat others as we wish to be treated.

Tarkio Tech Objectives


Service.  Students will learn to serve the public through work experiences that will provide them the opportunity to engage in practical learning opportunities within the community. 

Knowledge Acquisition.  Knowledge Acquisition is obtained through technical training.

Intellectual and Practical Skills Foundation.  Students will acquire a foundation of intellectual and practical skills including communication, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, critical, analytical, creative thinking, problem solving and decision making, and technical and information literacies.

Integrative and Applied Learning.  Students will engage in discipline-appropriate experiences with the broader community through integrated and applied learning.

Professional Competency.  Students will demonstrate professional competence by meeting the established standards of the discipline, working as a valued member of a team, effectively formulating and solving problems, and actively seeking  lifelong learning skills.

Personal and Social Responsibility.  Students will become personally and socially responsible by acquiring, developing, and demonstrating skills in ethical reasoning and understanding.

Cultural and Environmental Awareness.  Students will demonstrate awareness of local, national and global communities by cultivating an understanding of the interdependence among those communities. Students will demonstrate awareness of issues related to creating and maintaining a sustainable economy; identifying processes required to foster efficient and responsive government; and explaining processes essential for protecting and sustaining local, natural and human environments.

Our Team

John Davis

John Davis


Laura Gibbons

Laura Gibbons

Admin Assistant

Sheridan Mires

Sheridan Mires

Director of Admissions

Beverly Shifflett

Beverly Shifflett

Business Manager

David Hoffman

David Hoffman

Facility Manager