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Governors Request Increases in State CTE Funding


February 10, 2014


Governors Request Increases in State CTE Funding

If some of the nation’s Governors get their way, it could be a great year for increased state support of education. Republican and Democratic Governors have presented budget requests to their state legislatures that include increases in state funding for general K-12 education, career and technical education and sub-baccalaureate postsecondary education.

Both governors of Tennessee and South Dakota asked for increased support for existing programs that have shown their ability to produce highly-educated, highly-skilled students. Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN) requested $300 million to create an endowment to make attendance at the state’s community colleges and technology centers free for Tennessee high school graduates. Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R-SD) proposed an $8.5 million grant program to strengthen K-12 CTE programs.

In his pitch to the legislature, Gov. Daugaard acknowledged CTE’s alignment with the state’s current workforce needs including welding and machining, healthcare, information technology, engineering and biosciences. Additionally, the Governor hopes South Dakota will increase state support for dual enrollment coursework and provide postsecondary technical institutes with $500,000 a year for three years to create scholarships in high-need program areas.

Other CTE related proposals by governors included:

  • a competitive grant program for business/industry partnerships with postsecondary and K-12 schools by Gov. Jack Markell (D-DE)
  • a full tuition scholarship for students in the Georgia Technical College System who maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average, as well as a low-interest loan program for technical college students, by Gov. Nathan Deal (R-GA)
  • an increase in support for advanced manufacturing programs at the postsecondary level by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (R-ID)
  • a $35 million increase to Wisconsin Fast Forward to support dual enrollment programs between school districts and technical colleges that target high-demand jobs and to invest in technical colleges to eliminate waiting lists for programs linked to in-demand careers by Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
  • a comprehensive education package to expand concurrent enrollment opportunities, two-year career counseling, postsecondary education and workforce alignment, veteran credentialing and a STEM Action Center by Gov. Gary Herbert (R-UT)


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