The state is rewarding Kansas school districts for trying to get students certified in technical education specialties.
Gov. Brownback presented $703,000 in checks to 111 districts Tuesday.
The state awards districts with $1,000 for each student who completes a technical education program and earns certification through a state vocational or technical college.
The funds are part of a program the state launched in 2012 to increase the number of certified technicians to meet industry demands.
Brownback's office estimates that 5,800 high school juniors and seniors enrolled in technical education programs during the last school year, with 703 students earning certification.