A new state program that pays students’ tuition to help them pursue a technical education is getting glowing reviews from students and leaders alike.
Under legislation passed in 2012, Kansas pays tuition for students who learn technical skills during their junior and senior years of high school. The students spend part of their school day in typical high school classes and the rest attending technical or community colleges to learn skills such as graphic design, welding or nursing assistance.
The program has been a hit early on, with the number of high school students taking such courses at the state’s 26 community or technical colleges increasing from 3,870 students to 5,800 last year, which was the initiative’s first. The numbers are expected to increase again this year.