Engineering Schools Seek Funds to Raise Enrollment

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Leaders of the state's three engineering schools are asking lawmakers for financial help to stem the severe shortage of engineers in Kansas.

Engineering deans from the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University and industry representatives lobbied lawmakers to increase funding by 15 (M) million per year to boost the number of engineers.

The three engineering schools have proposed a five-year plan to increase the number of undergraduate degrees in engineering programs from 875 per year to 1,365 per year.

The deans told the House-Senate Committee on Economic Development on Friday that the five-year plan would be phased in.

While lawmakers understood the need, they said it's a bad time to ask for more money because of current economic conditions.

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