Enrollment at Kansas’ technical colleges is on the rise, despite decreased enrollment at other higher education institutions in the state. A report released this fall by the Kansas Board of Regents shows an overall enrollment uptick of 12.62 percent at the state’s seven technical colleges. That percentage equates to 975 more students pursuing degrees at technical colleges over last year.

In comparison, the state’s four-year universities saw a decrease of 0.25 percent, or 239 students; while the state’s community colleges saw a decrease of 2.07 percent, or 1,502 students.

“More and more students are seeing the value of our state’s technical colleges,” said Ben Schears, president of Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland. “Our graduates tend to emerge with a highly-skilled degree that they can put work right away without mounds of student loan debt. That’s important in today’s economy where there is such demand for a highly-skilled workforce, especially in the health care and technology sectors.”

Preliminary 2017-2018 enrollment figures for each of the state’s technical colleges show a total of 10,092 students enrolled, including:

— Flint Hills Technical College (Emporia) – 1,137 students

— Manhattan Area Technical College (Manhattan) – 926 students

— North Central Kansas Technical College (Beloit) – 858 students

— Northwest Technical College (Goodland) – 896 students

— Salina Area Technical College (Salina) – 615 students

— Washburn Institute of Technology (Topeka) – 1,393 students

— Wichita Area Technical College (Wichita) – 4,267 students

To learn more about your local technical college, visit www.KansasTechnicalColleges.org.