$1 million donation will benefit technical center in SEKS - KOAM TV 7

$1 million donation will benefit technical center in SEKS

Update: Pittsburg Commissioners approve a $300,000 loan to expand technical programs, and center in Southeast Kansas.

The newly created Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education Center will be located in the northeast industrial park.

The city will take the funds out of the revolving loan fund.

Story on June 30, 2014:  A $1 million donation will provide the funds to expand a technical education center in Southeast Kansas.

For 15 years, Destry Brown Superintendent of USD 250 Schools says there have been talks of expanding a facility at Pittsburg's Northeast Industrial Park.

The $1 million donation will go towards the purchase of land and the existing building at the site.

Currently Fort Scott Community College rents a building at the site for training.

Through the Pittsburg's Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Education Alliance, the Bicknell Family Foundation awarded the organization with the donation.

The programs at the technical education center will be open to anyone looking to gain a certificate in masonry, welding, carpentry, or heating and air.

Brown says in the future, they would like to add culinary, automotive, and medical technology such as EMT, CNA classes.
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