State representatives are hearing more about the upcoming fiscal year budget. During an appropriations hearing earlier this week in Springfield, representatives from Career and Technical Programs said they worried their programs had been a “dumping ground” but their ultimate hopes are to help increase higher graduation rates and higher lifetime earnings.
There is level funding proposed for the next fiscal year for Career and Tech programs. One instructor told representatives programs to train prospective vocational trade students helps attract businesses. There was also discussion of the growing interest in drone operation making its way into the Career and Tech Programs.