Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ottawa, Anderson County among districts honored for career programs

By The Herald Staff | 6/23/2014

OVERLAND PARK — Gov. Sam Brownback recently presented checks to several Kansas school districts, including Ottawa and Anderson County school districts, recognizing their efforts to increase the number of students who graduate from high school and prepare them for college through their participation in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

The school districts were honored Thursday in Overland Park.

OVERLAND PARK — Gov. Sam Brownback recently presented checks to several Kansas school districts, including Ottawa and Anderson County school districts, recognizing their efforts to increase the number of students who graduate from high school and prepare them for college through their participation in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

The school districts were honored Thursday in Overland Park.

In 2011, the Career and Technical Education program had 3,400 students, Brownback said, but this year more than 8,000 students participated. The students eared industry-recognized certificate in addition to a high school diploma, according to the governor’s office.

“Students enrolled in the CTE program are taking an important step in building their futures,” Brownback said. “By attending courses at local community colleges and accredited technical schools, they are gaining a marketable skill they can rely on for the rest of their lives and becoming the skilled workforce needed to fill jobs right here in Kansas.”

The state pays the cost of tuition for students participating in the program, Brownback said. In addition, school districts are rewarded at $1,000 payment for each student that completes the program.

“This year, the state will award a total of $1.18 million to 135 school districts for successfully motivating students to complete their high school education and graduate ready for a career or continued education,” Brownback said.

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