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GCCC to Implement Kansas Promise Scholarship Act in Fall

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Garden City Community College is excited that Governor Kelly signed the Kansas Promise Scholarship Act, a last-dollar scholarship program for Kansas high school graduates who complete a CTE certificate or two-year program in specific career and technical education (CTE) programs.
House Bill 2064 established the Kansas Promise Scholarship Act which provides scholarships for students to attend an eligible postsecondary institution for any two-year associate degree program, career and technical education certificate, or stand-alone program otherwise identified by the Kansas Board of Regents.
“This is fantastic news that will increase pathways for students to access higher education. We are excited that this program will make technical education more attainable for Kansans,” Dr. Ruda, GCCC President, said. While specific details are still forthcoming, GCCC is actively working to create plans for this program, which will be implemented in the Fall 2021 semester.
“This scholarship program honors my administration’s promise to invest in our students and in our businesses to create opportunities for all Kansans, in every corner of the state,” Governor Kelly said. “I want to thank the Legislature for working with me, in a bipartisan fashion, to ensure Kansas students have access to the resources they need to succeed and build a robust pipeline of skilled workers to support future economic growth.”
“This act is designed to address the rising cost of college and decades of pushing students into programs that don’t fit the needs of our state’s workforce. The Kansas Department of Commerce in conjunction with members of business and industry in our state will identify high-need areas for semi-skilled labor. Any Kansas high school or home school graduate who agrees to go into one of those fields will receive a Kansas Promise Scholarship to pay for attendance at a Kansas trade or tech school or community college. Students will have work requirements during school, and residency requirements after school,” Rep. Joe Seiwert (R-Pretty Prairie) said in a newsletter.
House Bill 2064 is viewable here:
GCCC will release further information about this scholarship program in the coming weeks.

Nicole Hahn
Vice President of Community Development, FCEDC

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