Topeka, KS, -  The Kansas Legislature passed a state budget bill this week (Senate Bill 155) which supports Governor Sam Brownback’s Road Map for Kansas to improve education by increasing the percentage of students who are career and college ready upon high school graduation.

A key provision of the Roadmap allows The Kansas Board of Regents to establish an incentive program that encourages school districts to increase the number of students graduating high school with an industry-recognized credential in key occupations, including manufacturing, designated as being in highest need of additional skilled workers. As part of the measure, high schools will receive a $1000.00 reward for any student that earns an industry-recognized certificate in a demand occupation for Kansas. The bill also covers any tuition costs for secondary students enrolled in postsecondary career technical programs.

“Career and Technical Education programs are a great way for high school students in Kansas to obtain real-world knowledge and skills that will help them immediately – whether that’s to begin their career after high school or to get a job that will help pay their way through college,” said Governor Brownback. “As business demand continues to increase, we must work to reverse the trend of the decreasing supply of CTE certified workers."

The Kansas Board of Regents is a strong partner of The Manufacturing Institute and helping lead efforts to embed the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System into programs across the state.

These smart investments will mean more options for high school students, a more talented workforce for Kansas employers and more opportunities to grow the economy. Students that are both college and career ready, backed by the credentials employers demand, will have a ticket to the workforce.

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