U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley and U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman have awarded Kansas a $2.8 million grant to implement School-to-Work projects across the state. The award culminates four years of planning by state officials.
``School-to-Work in Kansas encourages students to meet high academic standards while exposing them to the exciting learning opportunities offered through high technology,'' Riley said. ``I believe that efforts like these will go a long way toward instilling in young people the importance of working hard to succeed in acquiring skills in challenging academic and technical courses.''
School-to-Work encourages local partnerships among schools, labor organizations and the community that link the classroom with the real world of work. Through the partnerships students have the opportunity for internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing and other career exploration.
Applications will be sent to school districts throughout the state next week, and Lawrence will apply, district director of curriculum Nettie Collins-Hart said. Some districts, including Lawrence, could get as much as $300,000.
``This makes the work place a learning site,'' Kansas School-To-Careers director Vickie Kelly said. ``It allows all students to know what opportunities there are while they are still in high school.''
Grants will be distributed to individual school districts this fall.