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Wichita-area school districts receive checks from Brownback for tech ed programs (with VIDEO)

  • Eagle Topeka bureau
  • Published Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 7:41 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 8:51 a.m.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on technical education

Wichita-area school districts have received $140,000 this year under a state program that provides $1,000 for each student who completes a technical certification course while still in high school. Wichita USD 259 received $51,000; Hutchinson, $41,000; Maize, $25,000; McPherson, $12,000 and El Dorado, $11,000.

Gov. Sam Brownback presented south-central school districts with checks Tuesday in Wichita in recognition for increasing participation in the state’s technical education program.

The Career and Technical Education program covers tuition for students taking technical courses and rewards school districts with $1,000 for every student that obtains an industry certification.

More than 8,000 students participate in the program statewide, with many in the Wichita area taking courses at the Wichita Area Technical College. The college hosted Tuesday’s ceremony.

“The success we are seeing from these students, and the increasing numbers of students participating in the program, confirms this program is meeting the needs of Kansas students and putting them on a path to success,” Brownback said in an e-mail.

Here are the amounts area districts will receive:

• Wichita, $51,000

• Haysville, $11,000

• Maize, $25,000;

• Renwick, $25,000

• Hutchinson, $41,000

• Buhler, $16,000

• Circle, $19,000

• Marion-Florence, $11,000

• McPherson, $12,000

• Winfield, $12,000

• El Dorado, $11,000

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