Pittsburg State University could be see a million dollars added to their budget if Governor Sam Brownback signs a bill that would invest more money into higher education. As part of a statewide college tour to visit with four universities, the governor is meeting with school leaders to show his support of the bill. He tells News Talk KZRG what the money would fund at Pitt State.
"One million dollars in new funding to modify, and expand the capacity of the existing technical teacher education program to meet future needs. We've had a massive increase in technical education course work and now we need more teachers to teach."
Brownback and PSU President both agreed that it's critical more money is invested in technical education, as it's projected that 60% of all jobs in Kansas will require some sort of technical certification. Scott tells News Talk KZRG what it would mean to the university.
"We have statewide responsibility already to prepare teachers in technical programs throughout the state, and now we're going to at least double the number of technical teachers that are available in the state of Kansas."
If Brownback signs the bill, the university would start receiving the funding in July.