Brownback to present CTE checks in G.C.

7/20/2013

Gov. Sam Brownback will be at Garden City Community College on Tuesday to present checks to regional school districts. The funds are being given to the K-12 districts under the state's Career and Technical Education Act that was put into effect last fall.

Gov. Sam Brownback will be at Garden City Community College on Tuesday to present checks to regional school districts. The funds are being given to the K-12 districts under the state's Career and Technical Education Act that was put into effect last fall.

The presentation will be at 2 p.m. in the welding lab, which is in the John Collins Vocational Education building on the GCCC campus. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. Superintendents from the unified school districts in Garden City, Hays and Liberal will be on hand to accept their respective checks.

"Career and technical education is of monumental importance to the state of Kansas," said Brownback. "It's fabulous to see students excited and engaged in education."

The CTE Act, initiated by Brownback, provides tuition for Kansas high school students who take qualified technical courses offered by Kansas community and technical colleges. The incentive program also gives school districts $1,000 for each high school student who graduates from that district with an industry-recognized credential in a high-need occupation. The state's high-need occupations are identified by the Kansas Department of Labor, the State Department of Education and the Board of Regents.

"Governor Brownback's support toward workforce education is making a positive difference for our greatest natural resource — our human resource," said Herbert J. Swender Sr., president of GCCC. More than 200 area high school students enrolled at GCCC during the 2012-13 academic year to take advantage of the CTE Act.

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