Northwest Tech is moving up the national graduation rate rankings according to a recent report published by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Almanac, an annual publication produced by The Chronicle of Higher Education, provides national insights on data and trends throughout higher education. While the college has had steady success with graduation rates, this year Northwest Tech was ranked as #9 among 876 two-year publicly-funded colleges in the United States. The new ranking places the college on the verge of breaking into the top 1% of colleges nationwide. It also reflects a 10 position jump from the prior year.
Goodland, KS. (7/8/2019) With the rising popularity of competitive trap shooting, Northwest Tech has announced they are launching a shooting sports program for students attending the rural technical college. The move to add shooting sports pivots the college towards an extracurricular program that creates stronger ties with area high schools and 4-H shooting sports programs.
Goodland, KS. (07/02/2019) – There is a new face in the Northwest Tech wrestling room this summer. After an extensive search for a coach with the skills and character to build on the success of the program, Athletic Director Rory Kling is pleased to announce that August Wesley will be leading the Mavericks Wrestling program.
"We're excited to welcome someone with the success August has experienced, both as a coach and an athlete, to lead the program," Kling said. “His philosophy of developing students both as athletes and young men on the mat and in the classroom will serve him well as he leads our program.”
Goodland, KS. (05/20/2019) – The Engineering and Drafting Technology program at Northwest Tech has always been focused on giving their students the most practical, real-world, and hands-on experience during their time in the classroom.
The Engineering and Drafting Technology program at Northwest Tech encompasses a well-balanced curriculum in drafting, design and related subjects by covering two basic areas of mechanical and civil computer-aided drafting. Students develop the necessary job skills and related technical information in an “on the job” atmosphere similar to an actual engineering firm.
This year, with a special thanks to the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, the program updated their classroom to better simulate industry standards. The Dane G. Hansen Foundation awarded funds to the Engineering and Drafting Technology program to construct a Design and Manufacturing lab. The lab integrates system modeling, interface design, and sensor applications to develop laboratory technologies for practical industry application. The principle goals of the Design and Manufacturing Lab are to educate students in traditional manufacturing processes, understand concepts of the design phase, and become familiar with manufacturing equipment.
The Engineering and Drafting Technology program provides a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree as well as a shorter-term technical certificate. For more information on how to enroll visit our website at www.nwktc.edu or call admissions at 1-800-316-4127.
Loftin Announces Retirement
Goodland, KS. (04/30/2019) – After 36 years of service at Northwest Kansas Technical College, Robert Loftin has recently announced he will be retiring.
Loftin has been a part of Northwest Tech since 1983 when he first began as an Electrical Technology student. He graduated in 1984 and entered the workforce. Loftin moved back to Weskan, Kansas and started his own successful business, “Loftin Electric”.
Shortly after beginning his career, Loftin was elected as a member of Northwest Tech’s Area Board of Control. Loftin became President of the Board in 2003 after serving on the board for 18 years. He remained President of the Board until 2010. Loftin remained very active throughout his years on campus, including serving on the Endowment Board for several years.
In 2010, Loftin announced he would be coming full circle as he accepted the full-time Electrical Technology instructor position. Loftin taught for the past 9 years and has inspired manystudents along the way. In fact, Loftin has educated over 115 students during his time as an instructor. In 2018, Loftin was recognized as Northwest Tech’s employee of the year. The Northwest Tech family thanked Loftin for all the hard work and dedication that he has put into his career.
“Since I’ve been at Northwest Tech, it’s always been a pleasure to work with Mr. Loftin and see his commitment to seeing his students become successful electricians who have the technical and social skills for the industry” said President Ben Schears, “All of the Northwest Tech family will missing seeing him around campus each day, but we are excited for him that he’ll get to spend some time enjoying his family and friends.”
Loftin’s plans for retirement includes slowing down and enjoying life. “My time spent at Northwest Tech spans most of my adult life. I credit NWKAVTS, and Glenn Chase for giving me a skill-set to earn a good living, in an occupation that was challenging and fun”, said Loftin as he reflected back on his time at Northwest Tech, “My time on the Board put me in contact with the finest people in all of Northwest Kansas. My time as an Instructor, gave me a relationship with some of the most dedicated, skilled professionals, anywhere. Professionals who became my friends and peers.”
Loftin has long understood the value of technical education and how it benefits students throughout their entire lives. Robert Loftin is truly an extraordinary colleague and will be missed beyond measure.