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Governor visits KCKCC-TECTechnical education students at KCKCC meet Thursday afternoon with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback at the college’s new technical education campus at 65th and State Avenue. (Photo by Richard Ward)
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GovernorTechnical education students at KCKCC meet Thursday afternoon with Kansas Governor Sam Brownback at the college’s new technical education campus at 65th and State Avenue. (Photo by Richard Ward)
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College trustees meet with governorSeveral trustees of KCKCC joined Gov. Sam Brownback and Doris Gives, president of KCKCC, on a tour of the college’s new technical education center on Thursday afternoon. From left are J. D. Rios, KCKCC President Doris Givens, Gov. Sam Brownback, Don Ash, Cathy Breidenthal, and Wendell Maddox. (Photo by Richard Ward)
Governor visits KCKCC-TEC
College trustees meet with governor
Kansas City Kansas Community College was host to Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday, April 25, as part of the governor’s tour of state colleges, universities and technical schools to emphasize his support of his proposed budgets for those institutions.
“I believe the state must live within its means and recognize there are difficult spending decisions we must make. This is why my administration has worked to reform state agencies so they are more efficient and effective,” Gov. Brownback said.
Several students, faculty and staff were on hand to provide the governor a close-up look at KCKCC’s renovation of commercial buildings at 65th and State Avenue into a modern technical education center.
KCKCC President Doris Givens and several college trustees joined the governor in discussing the importance of technical education and the role of community colleges in producing graduates ready to enter the workforce. Givens noted that the governor’s support was critical to meeting the institution’s financial needs and demands for expanding programs.
“However, there are core responsibilities that we must protect – higher education is one of them. My proposed two-year budget holds higher education harmless and includes targeted funding important to our state’s economic growth. I have challenged education leaders to focus their schools on improving student results. It is important we keep state funding level.”
Brownback noted he was a “product” of vocational education, growing up as a member of FFA and taking technical classes in high school. “I always thought I was going to be a pig farmer like my father,” Brownback noted, “but here I am today, using those skills to help others get good, solid educations.”
Gov. Brownback also emphasized the importance of continuing the momentum the state has gained in his goals to increase the number of high school students who are career and college ready through the Career and Technical Education program launched this school year.
“For Kansas to compete in the marketplace and help businesses meet their workforce needs, we established a way students could immediately have a marketable skill to begin their career or to get a job that will help pay their way through college.
"Cutting funding for the community and technical colleges that support the CTE program would hinder students from obtaining industry-recognized credentials by the time they graduate from high school and diminish the workforce pool for businesses,” Brownback said.