Kansas Board Of Regents Receives $1.6M Grant

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, December 16, 2011

The Kansas Board of Regents will use a $1.6 million grant to help more adults gain the credentials and skills they need to find good jobs.

The money comes from a program called Accelerating Opportunity: A Breaking Through Initiative. A group of philanthropies support the effort, which focuses on helping low-skilled adults.

The state already benefited from a $200,000 grant to redesign adult basic education and post-secondary programs. The programs will be tested and evaluated.

The evaluations will be provided to philanthropy, labor, employers, adult education planners and other stakeholders in Kansas and around the country. The goal is to ensure that adult education programs lead to post-secondary credentials and good jobs. Currently, many adults who start such programs don't finish.

Nine community and technical colleges in Kansas are participating.

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