First of all, I would like to congratulate Kent Bush and his excellent staff for our new Butler County newspaper, the Butler County Times-Gazette. A quality newspaper is extremely important to Butler County and the communities that make up our county.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee I recently had an opportunity to tour our state universities, including several of our community colleges and technical colleges. There was a great deal of enthusiasm concerning a program that was established during the 2012 Legislative Session. SB155 will allow a high school junior or senior to attend a community college or technical college, tuition free, when working towards a Certificate or an Associates Degree in a technical field. Welding, Diesel Engine Mechanics, Heating and Air Technology, Aircraft Manufacturing and others are available. Graduates from these outstanding programs are able to obtain employment 90% of the time.
The goal is for high school graduates in Kansas to have the skills necessary to either enter the work force or achieve success in obtaining a college degree.
I have been keeping busy in preparing for the 2014 legislative session. The session will begin on Monday, Jan. 13th. If you have questions or concerns I can be reached at email@example.com or 316-775-6826.
David Crum (R-Augusta) is a member of the Kansas House of Representatives representing the 77th District.