Motivated Individuals

Career Paths

With Local Employers

In 2016, a team of educators, business leaders, and community advocates came together to tackle a challenge facing school districts across Kansas: insufficient funding for district-based technical education courses. Up to this point, many local districts couldn’t offer the skilled trades courses their students desired, simply because the funding wasn’t available.

After months of brainstorming, research, and partnership building, the team created the non-profit we now know as Southeast Kansas CTEC (CTEC). This dynamic non-profit is the result of a public-private partnership, one that allows local high school students, as well as college students and adult learners, to access excellent skilled trades education at CTEC’s campus.

The CTEC campus is a reality thanks to the generous donations of $1 million from Gene and Rita Bicknell, $375,000 from Crawford County, $30,000 from The City of Pittsburg, and $4 million over ten years from the Kansas Crossing Casino.

Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) has been a pivotal program partner since the program’s inception. FSCC provides instructors, fully accredited curriculum, and college credits to students on CTEC’s campus.

Thanks to this partnership, as well as Kansas’ “Excel in CTE” funding and generous donors, local high school students can attend the program and earn both high school and college credits for free. College students and adult learners also utilize this program as enrollees of FSCC and can access financial assistance and scholarships from both CTEC and FSCC.

CTEC has one principal goal: equipping motivated, area students with the skills they need to work and thrive right here in Southeast Kansas. We’re honored to do this work and would love for you to join us in our mission.

How CTEC Works

Local Need

Southeast Kansas school districts and individuals often lack the funding and resources necessary to access skilled trades education. In response to this need, local educators and community members established CTEC, a non-profit that connects motivated individuals with the technical education needed to build fulfilling careers locally.

STATE + PRIVATE FUNDING

The State of Kansas’ “Excel in Career & Technical Education (CTE)” provides partial funding of costs to Kansas high schools that enroll students in skilled trade courses offered by local community colleges. Private funding then covers additional expenses associated with high school student enrollment, as well as facility expenses.

Collaboration

CTEC collaborates extensively with Fort Scott Community College (FSCC), which provides instructors, accredited courses, and college credits for students on CTEC’s campus. The programming offered at CTEC would not be possible without this pivotal partnership.

Collaboration

CTEC collaborates extensively with Fort Scott Community College (FSCC), which provides instructors, accredited courses, and college credits for students on CTEC’s campus. The programming offered at CTEC would not be possible without this pivotal partnership.

Dual Enrollment

High school students are dual-enrolled, meaning they’re earning credits at their high school, while also earning free college credits and certifications through FSCC.

Dual Enrollment

High school students are dual-enrolled, meaning they’re earning credits at their high school, while also earning free college credits and certifications through FSCC.

CTEC Pays

CTEC pays for high school student expenses that exceed the State of Kansas’ “Excel in CTE” funding, while also offering scholarships for non-high school students. Funds are available thanks to the generous donations of private partners.

Job Ready

Students learning on CTEC’s campus are equipped with the skills necessary to obtain quality employment right out of high school if they so choose. Individuals pursuing certificate or degree programs will also have a jump start, thanks to the credits earned while at CTEC. Win-Win.

Employer Partnerships

CTEC connects students with local employers in need of talented, skilled laborers. The organization’s partnerships with Southeast Kansas’ employers allow CTEC to better understand local workforce development needs so we can help solve them.

Employer Partnerships

CTEC connects students with local employers in need of talented, skilled laborers. The organization’s partnerships with Southeast Kansas’ employers allow CTEC to better understand local workforce development needs so we can help solve them.

CTEC is made possible by a dynamic partnership with Fort Scott Community College, local school districts, local employers, and generous donors. We are so grateful for the role each collaborator plays in our program, which strives to connect motivated individuals, empower career paths, and connect with local employers.

Chris Sterrett

HVAC Instructor

Fort Scott Community College

Davis Oheme

Welding Instructor

Fort Scott Community College

Glen Oheme

Assistant Instructor

Fort Scott Community College

Rob Scott

Facilities Maintenance

Southeast Kansas CTEC

Adam Nunn

Auto Tech Instructor

Pittsburg Community Schools

Kim Coates

Carpentry Instructor

Fort Scott Community College

Nacoma Oheme

Masonry Instructor

Fort Scott Community College

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