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Technical education initiative a win/win

Good for Gov. Sam Brownback for promoting the new initiative aimed at encouraging more students to receive technical training. The Legislature approved a bill last session – one of its few highlights – that gives school districts a $1,000 grant for each student who graduates from high school with a technical certificate. "This program is a win for students, for students and for industry," Brownback said last week. "These high school graduates will have a sought-after skill that industry really needs." It's still unclear how well the program will work in practice, but it should help more students get the training required for many jobs. "We want to mix that student's time and talent with opportunity," Brownback said.