Excel in Career Technical Education Initiative (Senate Bill 155)

In 2012, Governor Brownback launched a bold and innovative plan to enhance career technical education in Kansas and better prepare high school students for college and careers. Senate Bill 155 was the enacting legislation, and beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, Kansas high school students could qualify for free college tuition in approved technical courses offered at Kansas technical and community colleges (see below for a complete list).  Additionally, the program provides school districts with a $1,000 incentive for each high school student who graduates from that district with an industry-recognized credential in a high-need occupation.

Snapshot of Success

Postsecondary career technical education has experienced significant growth in the number of students participating in technical courses, the college credit hours generated, and credentials earned by students in high school since the inception of the initiative in 2012.  

  2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014
Participating Headcount 3,475 3,870 6,101 8,208
College Credit Hours Generated 28,000 28,161 44,087 60,799
Credentials Earned -- 548 711 1,419

In 2014, 8,208 secondary students enrolled in college-level technical education courses, generating over 60,799 college technical education credit hours – a 112% increase in headcount and 116% increase in college credit hours over the baseline year (2011-2012).  Additionally, 1,419 secondary students earned industry-recognized credentials upon graduation – an increase of 159% over the 548 credentials earned the baseline year (2011-2012).

National Recognition

In 2013, the initiative received national recognition as “Top Ten Innovations to Watch” from the Brookings Institute.

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


You can also visit the Kansas Career Technical Education Program Search to find information on career education training opportunities from 26 Kansas public technical and community colleges.

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