Updated July 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM CST by Lisa Olliges: Three southeast Kansas school districts get rewarded for supporting technical education. Governor Sam Brownback presented checks to Pittsburg, Baxter Springs and Chanute superintendents.
Districts received $1,000 for each student earning an industry recognized career certificate like those for welding or construction. Officials say making students job ready in high school is good for them and businesses.
"People are going to be able to get jobs and make more money for their families for their future and I'm ecstatic about it," says Governor Sam Brownback.
"It creates a pathway for the students that helps us get them into the workforce quicker with a little less training on our end, we don't have to do so much in their first 90 days on the project, they get right into the trade as soon as possible," says Mike Farrington, a senior project manager for Crossland Construction.
Students say their certificates are helping them land jobs now which help them pay for college.
Posted July 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM CST: Governor Sam Brownback presents checks worth thousands of dollars to school superintendents from Pittsburg, Baxter Springs and Chanute.
The money represents students completing career readiness certifications in carpentry, masonry, welding and certified nursing assistants.
We'll hear from students about the benefits of getting work related training in high school and the Governor about how this effort could help the state tonight on KOAM News and Fox 14 News.