Date: March 18, 2020
Time: 9:00am (MT)
RE: Northwest Tech Transition to Online – COVID-19 Response #3
In a press conference yesterday afternoon, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued a directive closing public primary and secondary schools throughout the state of Kansas. As the situation continues to develop across the state, the time has arisen for the college to take the next preventative steps for those in our immediate vicinity. Effective today, Northwest Tech will move all classes online starting March 30, 2020, and for the duration of the semester.
While this was a difficult decision to reach, sometimes it helps to understand some of the considerations and background that brought us to this point:
Date: March 14, 2020
RE: Northwest Tech COVID-19 Response #2
Over the last 72 hours, Northwest Tech administration conducted a survey of students, faculty and staff to analyze travel patterns and destinations over spring break. This was done to make an informed decision regarding the potential local impact of COVID-19 on and around our campus. After evaluating survey information, over a third of respondents (100+) are traveling to or through some of the most highly impacted areas of the country. Knowing this, the data fully supports the need for additional protective measures for the campus and community.
Date: March 12, 2020
RE: Northwest Tech COVID-19 Response
As the situation surrounding the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop across the country, we are monitoring the situation closely, and implementing appropriate strategies for our campus. Our highest priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, employees, and our community.
Goodland Regional Medical Center and Northwest Tech are pleased to announce the launch of free on-campus counseling services that will be available to Northwest Tech students.
In the new partnership, the hospital will provide counseling services via certified counselors Hal McNerney, LMSW, LMAC, who will be the primary counselor, and Laci Leichliter, LSCSW. The counseling office has been established on campus in the Murray Center and will provide counseling resources, initially, for two afternoons each week.
“We are excited about being able to partner with the hospital to utilize local resources to solve an important campus need for our students,” said Northwest Tech President Ben Schears. “We have students who will benefit from ongoing counseling as well as for those who have life events that crop up and simply need someone to talk to.”
Dr. Ron Robinson, CEO at Goodland Regional Medical Center commented, “GRMC’s partnership with NWKTC to deliver affordable counseling services to students in need is an excellent example of what we can achieve when we align our efforts between community organizations.”
The counseling office is a resource that provides a professional, safe, confidential atmosphere where students can discuss academic and personal issues. This service will be available to assist students with a variety of concerns including but not limited to, homesickness, relationship issues, substance use, and depression.
“During the five years I have worked at Goodland Regional Medical Center, we have noticed an increasing number of referrals from students at NWKTC for behavioral health services. However, many of these students are unable to obtain the services as they lack the financial resources and sometimes transportation to get to and from appointments,” commented Laci Leichliter, LSCSW. “This partnership allows us to better meet the needs of students and, in turn, assist in preparing them for life after graduation.”
Numerous industry studies show that depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns are on the rise on college campuses across the nation. The new partnership provides an outlet for students to cope with the situations they are encountering, while also making good use of a fee-for-service partnership between the two organizations. “We are both rural organizations and we face many of the same challenges,” said Schears. “It just makes good sense to see where we can work together to benefit the organizations and students.”
“I am truly excited to have this opportunity to help develop this role to provide additional supports to the students at NWKTC. It comes about from the common mission to support the needs of the area including the students through healthy collaboration among organizations,” commented Hal McNerney, LMSW, LMAC.
The counseling office is located in the Murray Center. Students can make an appointment by stopping in, emailing email@example.com, or calling (785) 890-1534. This service is provided to students at no cost.
Students are top priority at Northwest Tech, and these services will help to ensure their health and safety.
In the event that a concern is urgent, or you are feeling suicidal, you are encouraged to walk in and see the next available counselor. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, call 800-273-8255 or go to the Emergency Room.
The Northwest Tech Lady Mavericks invite you and your family to support their team while enjoying delicious food from Great Western Dining! Meals will be available for purchase very home game this February. All proceeds will benefit the Lady Maverick Basketball team. General admission for each game is $5. All Northwest Tech, Goodland High School, and Goodland Jr. High students will be admitted for free.
The meal schedule and prices are listed below:
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetables, and all-you-can-eat ham & potato soup - $5
All-you-can-eat spaghetti, garlic bread, vegetables, and salad - $7
All-you-can-eat BBQ pulled pork, BBQ beef, potato salad, coleslaw, and chips- $7
All-you-can-eat chicken & noodle soup, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, and salad - $7
Hamburger, hotdog, chips, and all-you-can-eat chili - $5
Please consider having dinner at the Max this February and supporting our Lady Maverick Basketball team! Athletic schedules can be found at https://www.ntmavericks.com/sports/wbkb/2017-18/schedule