Quantcast

Kansas Governor Signs Bill Restoring Higher Education Funds - KOAM TV 7

Kansas Governor Signs Bill Restoring Higher Education Funds

Updated:

"This budget is stressing how important education is to our future workforce and to the future economy of the great state of Kansas," said Gov. Jeff Colyer.

On Tuesday, the governor signed a budget bill restoring 15 million dollars in higher education funding, of the 30 million that was cut by former governor Brownback last year.

For Pittsburg State University, that means $640,000 of the million dollars it lost to Brownback's cuts has been restored.$610,000 will go into the university's general fund, with $13,000 going towards the School of Construction and $17,000 going to Polymer Chemistry Initiative.

The School of Construction wants to use the new funds to grow in size.

"We have some initiatives that we haven't been able to move forward with, dependent on funding. Some of those are our recruiting efforts to get more students to help meet the demands of the industry. We're essentially at 100% employment each year for our graduates, and we could still meet a higher demand if we had more students," said Joe Levens of the Kansas Center for Construction Advancement.

Meanwhile, the Polymer Chemistry Initiative plans on using its new funding for upgrades.

"It's going to help us replace aging equipment in the Tyler Research Center, as well as throughout our campus, as it goes to the Polymer Chemistry Initiative, and to better prepare the students for the workforce of the next generation," said PSU's Chief Strategy Officer Shawn Naccarato.

While signing the bill, the governor said higher education is a key factor to keeping high paying jobs and graduating Kansans in state, and he believes PSU is crucial to that mission.

"I believe there is no better place than Kansas. It is the heart of America," said Gov. Colyer.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Jasper County veteran to be featured on PBS Special

    Jasper County veteran to be featured on PBS Special

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:13:44 GMT
    "My knees went week. I'm like whoa, I'm really really going to war" Ken Clark was on guard duty at Camp Pendleton when he heard North Vietnam fired on an American ship. He knew where he was going. "By noon, I was leaving San Diego. I was on the back of a USS Pickaway, watching the United States disappear" It took them 45 days to get there because it was somewhat of a secret movement.   "The colonel was on the PA system, we were all out o...More >>
    "My knees went week. I'm like whoa, I'm really really going to war" Ken Clark was on guard duty at Camp Pendleton when he heard North Vietnam fired on an American ship. He knew where he was going. "By noon, I was leaving San Diego. I was on the back of a USS Pickaway, watching the United States disappear" It took them 45 days to get there because it was somewhat of a secret movement.   "The colonel was on the PA system, we were all out o...More >>
  • Agree or Disagree: Parents Go to Court to Kick 30 Year Old Son Out of Their Home

    Agree or Disagree: Parents Go to Court to Kick 30 Year Old Son Out of Their Home

    Sunday, May 20 2018 9:50 PM EDT2018-05-21 01:50:50 GMT

     Parents have tried repeatedly to ask their 39-year old son to move out of the house. Now it's a court battle. 

    More >>

     Parents have tried repeatedly to ask their 39-year old son to move out of the house. Now it's a court battle. 

    More >>
  • Fire Truck Crash

    Fire Truck Crash

    Sunday, May 20 2018 4:04 PM EDT2018-05-20 20:04:18 GMT

    A member of Columbus, KS Fire Rescue is recovering in a hospital, after suffering a medical emergency behind the wheel of a fire truck. 

    More >>

    A member of Columbus, KS Fire Rescue is recovering in a hospital, after suffering a medical emergency behind the wheel of a fire truck. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.