Governor’s Career Technical Education (CTE) Initiative

In January 2012, Governor Brownback released a plan that would incentivize pathway alignment with K-12 and postsecondary education. The governor laid out his proposal to invest new state dollars for career and technical education (CTE) to encourage high school students to enroll in college-level CTE and earn industry-recognized credentials.

Approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Brownback in May 2012, the Career and Technology Act provided the following additional dollars:

  • $8.75 million for Student tuition in career technical programs
  • $1.5 million for high schools who increase the number of students earning an industry-recognized credential in key occupations
  • $50,000 in marketing to increase student participation
  • School transportation costs to transport high school students to their local community or technical college

Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, Kansas high school students can qualify for free college tuition in approved technical courses offered at Kansas technical and community colleges. Additionally, the incentive program gives school districts $1,000 for each high school student who graduates from that district with an industry-recognized credentials in a high-need occupation.

In the September 2013 issue of Techniques, a national monthly magazine published by The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), Martin Kollman (KSDE) and Lisa Beck (KBOR) published the article: “Free CTE College Tuition and Certification Funding: KS SB155 at Work” - click here to read the article.

Click Here to review the complete list of 2014-2015 QUALIFYING CREDENTIALS. (approved April 2014)
Note: ALL KBOR approved technical education courses are eligible for tuition reimbursement. This is a list of the high need/high demand credentials that are eligible for the $1,000 high school incentive.
Click here to view the determination process for the high demand credential incentive list.

For additional information please review our CTE FAQs.

You can also visit the Kansas Career Technical Education Search engine to search information on career education training opportunities from 26 Kansas public technical and community colleges. With a range of options to suit your needs, it's about providing an education that works - to put you to work. Click here to "Search Now" and learn more about CTE in Kansas.


Put Your Passion To Work - Presentation to the Kansas Board of Regents, October 18, 2012 (pdf)


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Put Your Passion to Work - English (pdf)
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