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COVID-19 Update: Returning to Campus

Returning to Campus

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Goodland Campus

Students and Employees Tested

Students and Employees Testing Positive
(Active Cases)

Recovered Cases Report Date


33 11/24/2020

Quinter Location

Students and Employees Tested

Students and Employees Testing Positive
(Active Cases)

Recovered Cases Report Date


0 11/24/2020

COVID-19 News from NT

August 27, 2020 Release - First COVID-19 Case Develops

August 25, 2020 Release - Classes Under Way: COVID-19 Case Update (0 Active Cases)

May 20th, 2020 Release - NT Resumes Classes in August 2020

March 18th, 2020 Release - NT Moves Fully Online

March 14th, 2020 Release - Spring Break Extended

March 12th, 2020 Release - Response to COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions


Is the college still operating? 

Yes! In fact, we were never closed. Fortunately, we are back in classes and safely moving forward through the new academic year. 

Masks and PPE

Will I be required to wear a mask?

At this point, we are not requiring that masks be worn on campus, although they remain highly encouraged. We do reserve the right, however, to require them if the situation changes on campus to warrant masks. While we are avoiding conducting large gatherings like those held in past years, there are high-traffic areas (such as the cafeteria) on campus or smaller events where masks may be necessary.

We have taken the step to purchase 1,000 reusable NT masks for those who wish to take the extra precaution to wear them. They have been provided to all students and employees at the start of the year, with plenty of extra on hand to be used as needed.

Will we be required to practice social-distancing?

Yes. One of the great aspects of being a hands-on technical college is our ability to spread out across campus in the shops and classrooms. We have positioned classroom tables and chairs to allow for social distancing. We also ask students and employees to practice social-distancing when you are in areas where others are present.  This will help to minimize the number of students and employees who have to quarantine when a case develops. 

What other sanitary practices are being taken?

We have installed hand sanitizing stations for every building on campus, and in multiple locations within each building. Additionally, we are utilizing surface cleaners recommended by the CDC to keep the campus as clean and safe as we can.


Are classes under way on campus this fall?

Yes! We are excited to have welcomed back our newest class of Mavericks to campus in late July/early August. We are excited to see students and faculty back in the classrooms and labs!


How can I tour campus during the pandemic?

You can request a campus tour by visiting our campus tour website here. You have a couple of options available to you: take a campus tour on-campus and see the programs, or request a virtual tour and visit with an admissions representative. And you can always contact our admissions office at or by giving us a call at 785.890.3641.


How can I arrange books or visit with the bookstore staff?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Bookstore Manager, Tia Brannick at or give a call to 785.890.1550 for assistance.

Financial Aid

I'm needing some help with financial aid questions. Who can I contact?

We have two wonderful staff members available for you to work with. You can contact either one via the information below:

Penny Nemechek, Financial Aid Coordinator


Alaina Smith, Student Account Specialist 

Should I start filling out my FAFSA for next year?

Absolutely! Perhaps you have parents, grandparents or guardians who are trapped at home with you during the pandemic. There is no better time than now to grab their attention and spend some quality bonding time on filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If I need help with the FAFSA, can I email the Financial Aid office for assistance?

Yep. The two incredible staff members above are great resources to help if you find yourself in a jam completing the forms. 


I need to send a college transcript to another institution. How did I send one out?

You can request an official transcript online by visiting our transcript page

Hint: Did you know you can grab an unofficial copy of the courses you’ve taken at Northwest Tech from within your Empower account? 

CARES Act Emergency Grant

Northwest Kansas Technical College disbursed emergency financial aid grants to students under the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  At least half of the funds received had to be provided to students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

The CARES Act grant program was created to assist students in covering expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

The college received $479,285, of that amount $239,643 was allocated to 245 students who met the requirements (see below) and were impacted by the interruption of campus operations and the transition from on-campus to online instruction.

To be eligible to receive CARES Act funds, NWKTC students had to be enrolled in at least one on-campus class at the time of the college’s transition to all-online instruction.  NWKTC students also needed to be eligible to receive Title IV aid. 

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled on/after March 13, 2020 attending course(s)
  • A degree-seeking student
  • Experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
  • Eligible for Title IV aid.

Eligibility for Title IV aid, students must:

  • demonstrate financial need (except for certain loans).
  • have provided to NWKTC documentation of academic credentials such as a final high school graduation transcript, General Education Development (GED) certificate, college degree earned, etc.
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate.
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • have a valid social security number.
  • register with the Selective Service, if required.
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress during every academic term in which they are enrolled.
  • certify that they will use federal financial aid only for educational purposes.
  • certify that they are not in default on a federal student loan and/or owe money on an overpayment on a federal student grant.
  • not have reached their annual or lifetime Pell Eligibility Use.  Students may still be eligible for other types of federal student aid.
  • not have had their eligibility suspended or terminated due to a drug-related conviction.
  • not have reached their annual or lifetime Federal Family Education Loan Program or Federal Direct Loan Program aggregate limit.
  • be enrolled at least half-time for student loans.


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