TPS Receives $31,000 for Tech Ed Programs

Topeka Public Schools received $31,000 from the Kansas Office of the Governor for 31 students receiving industry certifications and graduating from high school in 2014. The district receives $1,000 per student earning a certification identified on Senate Bill 155 Qualifying Credential Incentive List. Part of this funding will reimburse students for their expenses paid for the certification, and the remainder of the funds is to invest in career and technical education pathways in the high schools.

Counselors, teachers, and principals encourage students to take advantage of programs at Washburn Tech, and work to increase awareness of the benefits of completing technical education pathways within our high schools. The primary goal of SB155 is for students to gain certification and graduate from high school so they can go directly into the workforce, fast forward into post-secondary education earning tuition- free college credit for their coursework, and have the ability to earn a living and pursue continued education to move to the next level in their career.

Topeka Public Schools received the highest distribution of SB155 funds in Shawnee County, and increased from eight students in 2012-2013 to 31 students in the 2013-14 school year. We encourage students to enroll in technical education courses in our high schools and at Washburn Institute of Technology to earn an industry certification to help them progress in their choice of career.

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