Lexis VanDyke had a pretty good excuse to be late for work on July 14. She was showing Gov. Rick Snyder around the culinary program at Kent Career Tech Center.
“It was nerve-wracking, but exciting,” said Lexis, who recently graduated from the high school program with a trio of certifications and 29 college credits already under her apron.
“It’s been exceptional learning experience,” she said.
Snyder was at the Tech Center with a handful of members of the Legislature to put his signature on the $56 billion state budget for fiscal year 2018, which includes record spending on K-12 schools.
There is a hefty investment in career and technical education programs such as those offered at the Tech Center.
That the governor chose the Tech Center as the site to sign the budget “just speaks volumes for all this governor has done for career and technical education,” said Kent ISD Superintendent Ron Caniff.