Goodland, KS – April 29, 2013 – Northwest Tech is honoring 2012-2013 graduates an annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2013. This year marks the 48th graduating class with approximately 140 students graduating from one of fifteen technical programs.
The commencement ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm mountain time at the Max Jones Fieldhouse. Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. is the keynote speaker for the event. Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. is a fifth generation Kansan whose career has focused on making a difference in people’s lives on the local, state, national and international levels.
Lt. Governor Colyer graduated from Thomas More Prep High School in Hays before earning his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1981 and his Masters Degree from Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. He returned home for medical school, receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kansas in 1986.
One of the highlights of the ceremony is announcing the Student of the Year. Each program nominates a graduating student for the Student of the Year competition and a panel of industry representatives, community members, faculty, and staff interview candidates. The 2012-2013 Student of the Year candidates are as follows: Price DeMint, Communication Technology; Drake Henry, Automotive Technology; Mitch Janisch, Welding; Alexis Juarez, Diesel Technology; Nathan Ketzner, Moblie Applications and Entertainment Development; Kaitlyn Lammers, Computer Graphics Technology; Jordyne Monroe, Cosmetology; Roy Palmer, Respiratory Therapy; and Katherine Thiem, Medical Assistant.
Dr. Ed Mills, President, will also announce the first ever President’s mPortfolio Prize winner during the ceremony. Northwest Tech initiated an mPortfolio, or mobile portfolio, project leveraging the iPad in every program on campus in 2012-2013. Graduating students compete by submitting their mPortfolio along with a resume, cover letter, and essay explaining how their mPortfolio demonstrates growth in knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Dr. Mills will choose the winner who will receive $500 and the opportunity to display their mPortfolio at graduation.
Community members are encouraged to attend to celebrate the accomplishments of the Northwest Tech students. Light refreshments are provided for the community immediately following the graduation ceremony.
Northwest Tech is a progressive technical college in Goodland, Kansas. It is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in the state of Kansas, and for good reason. Northwest Tech is in the process of creating the Technical College of the Future…now. The college is not only transforming technical education, but it is serving the Kansas Workforce by providing its students with an innovative education from the implementation of the latest technologies; expanding and embracing diversity; developing future industry and community leaders; and by celebrating a vibrant campus life. The college is also known for promoting traditional American values.