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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.  Additionally, the "Excel in Career Technical Education" ("Excel in CTE") initiative provides school districts with an incentive for each high school student who graduates from that district with an industry-recognized credential in a high-need occupation (see below for a complete list of qualifying credentials).

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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.  

2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Participating Headcount 3,475 8,440 10,275 10,023 10,600 11,690 13,675 13,934
College Credit Hours Generated 28,000 62,195 76,756 79.488 85,150 92,092 105,084 109,336
Credentials Earned -- 1,419 1,682 1,224 1,459 1,420 1,803 1,631

 Updated: October 2018

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.”


IMAGE-LINK SB155-QC April2016 2021-2022 QUALIFYING CREDENTIALS - approved May 2021 (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.
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FAQ: Excel in Career Technical Education - updated December 2018 (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.

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