WSU Pushes Engineering Education in Public Schools

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas officials and Wichita State
University are looking to boost technical training in public

They're hoping their effort leads to more engineering jobs
staying in the state.

The project could start next fall if Wichita State is able to
get a 2 million-dollar grant from the Knight Foundation.

The plan is to expand pre-engineering and other science courses
_ first in three Wichita public schools and then beyond.

State leaders are worried about a lack of engineers. They fear
the shortage could cause some of the state's biggest employers to
leave or send work elsewhere.

Technical education costs money, especially for equipment, which
becomes obsolete in three years or less because of technological
Information from: The Wichita Eagle,