Industry-recognized credentials are getting a boost under a Kansas law intended to support Career and Technical Education.
Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has been traveling around the state delivering checks to local school districts as part of a law he signed in June of 2012 (SB 155) that promotes enrollment in technical and community colleges by high school students. According to a report the bill:
“provides all high school students free tuition for technical education courses taken at nearby technical and community colleges. It also establishes an incentive program for school districts to get students involved in career and technical education prior to graduating from high school. The incentive will give each school district $1,000 for each high school student who graduates from that district with an industry-recognized credential in a high-need occupation, as identified by the Kansas Secretary of Labor.”
Gov. Brownback’s office says the state will award over $700,000 to more than 100 school districts. The success of the program in just the first year is beyond impressive.
“An estimated 5,800 junior and senior high school students enrolled in college level technical education courses; generating more than 43,000 credit hours. This is a 50% increase in headcount and 54% increase in college credit hours compared to the previous year.”
More information about Kansas’ CTE program here.