TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Over 8,000 Kansas High School students took advantage of the Career and Technical Education program in 2014 and Friday, Governor Sam Brownback rewarded area school districts for utilizing them at Washburn Tech.
Governor Brownback handed out $84,000 worth of checks to students who earned an industry-recognized technical certificate in 2014.
"We've had a 200% increase in high school students utilizing technical programs in the last three years. It provides them a vision so they can see a path forward," said Governor Brownback.
$1,000 was given for each student that completed the program from each district.
Washburn Rural Graduate Brooke Daugherty said, "It gives us an opportunity to start a career at an early age and give us a chance to see if that is what you want to do."
8 students completed a CTE program from USD 434 Santa Fe Trail, 16 from USD 437 Auburn-Washburn, 6 from USD 450 Shawnee Heights, 23 from USD 345 Seaman and 31 from USD 501 Topeka Public Schools. Giving those students a strong foothold into a future career.
"It's really what a technical school is all about, starting a career and pushing you to be all that you can be," said WRHS graduate Carolymar Rodriguez.
There were 8,200 students participating in the CTE program in 2014, up from just 3,400 in 2014.
The career and technical program at Washburn Tech covers the students' tuition costs for technical courses.