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Tech center won't continue LINC program

A program at the Great Plains Technology Center to help welfare recipients transition to the workforce will not resume when the next academic year starts.

The tech center's board of education was notified Tuesday night by Superintendent Tom Thomas that the school will not apply for the $120,000 federal grant that paid for the L.I.N.C. (Linking Individuals to New Careers) program at the tech center for next year. The reason, Thomas said, is declining numbers. The program at Great Plains has only helped about 20 clients annually in recent years, making it difficult to justify maintaining the program.

The L.I.N.C. program at the tech center began in 1997. It served recipients of the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program who were referred by the state Department of Human Services. L.I.N.C. was intended to teach the recipients vocational and life skills so they could become self-sufficient.

Thomas said Great Plains will still assist DHS clients who are referred to the school, but on an individual basis, rather than through a special program.

In other business, the board approved the capital plan for fiscal 2015, which 

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