Kansas Governor to Sign Career and Technology Act

Published 04/14 2014 05:28PM

Updated 04/14 2014 06:33PM

PITTSBURG, KS.--- A bill soon to be signed by the Kansas governor will bring Pittsburg State University $1 million. The legislature recently passed a $20 million program that will help students pay for technical training and become "Career Ready" graduates. The "Career and Technology Act" allows Pittsburg State to expand the technical education capacity, increasing the skilled workforce for the Sate of Kansas. The president of the university tells us providing the governor signs the bill, the school will start receiving funds around July.  

"It's a big deal. We're a state institution, we serve the state, half of our funding comes from the state. So when the governor comes to Pittsburg, Kansas and talks about the progress we're making and offers to really sign a bill that's going to add a million dollars of new funding to our campus, that a very good day," said Dr. Steve Scott, Pittsburg State University President. 

The program was initiated because a recent survey of Kansas employers showed that 33% had difficulty filling jobs because applicants lacked industry-specific qualifications. 

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