Kansas Commissioner of Education Diane DeBacker visited Pittsburg Friday to get a look at facilities that are the leading edge of technology education in the state.
DeBacker toured Pittsburg State University’s Kansas Technology Center early Friday morning before visiting Pittsburg High School’s Center of Applied Learning. Later, DeBacker visited with PSU faculty and students about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education back at the Kansas Technology Center.
DeBacker said she decided to visit to get a better understanding of Gov. Brownback’s career and technical education initiative, in which he has placed increasing emphasis on high school students pursuing trades and technology careers. DeBacker said she had not been to Pittsburg, but that she knew a great many teachers are products of PSU and the KTC.
“PSU has always been on the leading edge when you look at the industrial arts,” DeBacker said. “It’s a little jewel tucked away here in southeast Kansas.”