In 2012, Governor Brownback launched a 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 qualify for state-funded college tuition in approved technical courses offered by Kansas technical and community colleges.
Snapshot of Success
|HANDOUT: Excel in Career Technical Education Initiative (February 2023) (pdf)|
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.
|College Credit Hours Generated||28,000||62,195||85,150||109,226||98,681||105,509|
Updated: February 2023
Academic Year 2024 Excel in cTe fees
Technical programs may have associated fees for items such as textbooks, tools, and personal protective equipment for students to effectively participate in coursework. The following list includes fees approved by the Technical Education Authority in January 2023, effective for Academic Year 2024. Fees listed are totals for each specific award level within a given program. Students must verify specific Excel in CTE fees with their institution upon applying to take courses.
Note: ALL technical education courses approved by the Kansas Board of Regents are eligible for tuition reimbursement. This is a list of the separate fees that may be applicable on a per-program basis at each institution.
Online Excel in CTE Courses by Institution
Various Excel in CTE tuition-eligible courses are offered online by technical and community colleges. The following institutions have compiled a listing of Excel in CTE-eligible courses which include an online component available Fall 2023/Spring 2024.
The following is not a complete list of all technical and community colleges that offer Excel in CTE-eligible courses, nor all Excel in CTE-eligible courses that are offered online. If you would like information on how to sign up for courses, would like more information on the courses available, or have any additional questions; please contact the community and technical colleges directly. For the colleges providing the listing below, the institution contact information is included in the link.
Allen Community College
Barton Community College
Cloud County Community College
Colby Community College
Flint Hills Technical College
Fort Scott Community College
Highland Community College
Hutchinson Community College
Labette Community College
Manhattan Area Technical College
Neosho County Community College
North Central Kansas Technical College
Pratt Community College
|2023-2024 Qualifying Credentials - approved May 2023 (pdf)
Note: ALL technical education courses approved by the Kansas Board of Regents are eligible
for tuition reimbursement. This is a list of the high need/high demand credentials that are
eligible for the incentive.
FAQ: Excel in Career Technical Education - updated December 2018 (pdf)
- Original (2012) SB155 Legislation (pdf)
- HANDOUT: Determination process for the high demand credential incentive list (pdf)
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.
Career Technical Education (CTE) Credential and transition incentive for employment success (SB123)
Signed into law during the 2023 legislative session, SB123 directs school districts to pay for assessment fees for identified career technical education (CTE) credentials upon student request. The State Board of Education and the State Board of Regents, after consultation with the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Commerce and representatives of industries that recognize career technical education credentials, have jointly approved a list of eligible industry-sought credentials for Academic Year 2024. Interested students should contact their school district for more information.
excel in cte 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.”