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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.  

SB155 Website Image HANDOUT: Excel in Career Technical Education Initiative  (February 2023) (pdf)


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. 

Participating Institutions 

Barton Community College  
Cloud County Community College  
Labette Community College
Manhattan Area Technical College  
North Central Kansas Technical College 
Pratt Community College


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 2016-2017 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Participating Headcount 3,475 8,440 10,600 13,934 12,529 13,712
College Credit Hours Generated 28,000 62,195 85,150 109,226 98,681 105,509
Credentials Earned -- 1,419 1,459 1,631 981 1,656

 Updated: February 2023

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 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.
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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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