Kan. technical training initiative gets high marks

Kansas First News File Photo
Kansas First News File Photo

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas program that provides free, college-credit technical training for high school students in high-demand fields is getting strong marks in its second year.

The program was enacted by the Legislature in 2012 and championed by Gov. Sam Brownback, who said it would build a better-trained and better-paid workforce.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/MlYGVk ) more than 6,000 high school juniors and seniors statewide took classes at community and technical colleges during the program’s first year. Officials expect enrollment to increase 50 percent by the end of the current academic year.

An official with the state Board of Regents said the program is similar to traditional high school vocational education, but with more industry involvement in designing curricula. Students who complete the program can also take tests for industry-approved certificates.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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