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State Task Force Will Visit Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center

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With education funding cuts in Illinois, the cut on transportation affects more than just a ride to school.

Lawmakers formed a task force to look at 24 of the technical education programs in the state.

Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center Director Mark Pfleiger says he asked that the state include his program on the list.

And it did.

Pfleiger says he wants a chance for the center in Quincy to share some of the issues it's facing.

"Infrastructure needs. Support needs in terms of being able to afford to get the kids to the centers to be able to participate in these classes," said Pfleiger.

Pfleiger says one major issue he wants to discuss with the task force is transportation funding.

"For example, health occupation," said Pfleiger. "They go out to Good Samaritan Home for clinicals. Our construction class has a house over on High Street that they're working on. So those transportation costs and bringing those kids back and forth to those sites."

Senior Paige Abell says the program has helped form her decision to go on to become an elementary and special education teacher.

"It gives kids an opportunity to get out of the classroom setting and get hands-on experience and really learn in a different way," said Abell.

Monday, the task force will be at Quincy High School's Vo Tech Center to listen to the community's concerns and take that information back to Springfield.

It's at 1:00pm and the whole community is invited to come.

Pfleiger says he hopes employers, graduates, parents, and anyone who wants to see this program flourish will come out and help address needs and ideas with the task force.

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