- Jim Kennedy is an automotive professional with 33 years of experience and 28 years of instruction at Northwest Kansas Technical College. He holds certifications in ASE Master, Hunter Engineering, ASE maintenance and light repair, and Ford. Jim is a proud graduate of NWKTC, class of 1990.
Christa Bergsma has a Bachelor of Science in Vocational-Technical Education from Pittsburg State University and an Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology from Northwest Kansas Technical College.
She also holds a Cosmetology Instructor License from the Kansas Board of Cosmetology and is certified in various areas such as Milady Trailblazer Master Educator, Redken Finishing Authority, Redken Blonde Authority, Redken Design Authority, Redken Haircolor Authority, Redken Certified Specialist, Babe Hair Extensions, Tape-In/Fusion/I-Tip/Sew-In Weft, Apple Teacher, and an OPT Certified Instructor.
She has been working as a Cosmetology Instructor at Northwest Kansas Technical College since December 2005 and previously worked as a Cosmetologist in Goodland, KS.
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After graduating from the Precision Ag program, Thatcher Jones ventured into different sectors of the agricultural industry. Initially, he worked as a farm hand, gaining hands-on experience in row crop production. Subsequently, he had the privilege of serving as a Precision Ag Specialist at Helena for three years, honing his expertise in the field. Currently, Thatcher is an instructor, where he has the opportunity to impart his knowledge and passion for agriculture to aspiring learners. Outside of the classroom, he owns and operates a 1,000-acre dryland farming operation, growing corn, wheat, soybeans, and milo. He also has various licenses including an Associate of Applied Science in Precision Ag, FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot License, Certified 1A Commercial Applicator License, Chemigation License, and Commercial Driver License and is actively pursuing a BA at PSU.
Tim Davis has 30-plus years in the welding field. His experience includes working out on the road as a combo welder, mainly in the millwright field and repairing heavy equipment. For the last few years, he has worked for a worldwide company as their inside millwright maintenance technician in the grain industry. Developing a maintenance routine for equipment as well as designing, repairing, and constructing new equipment. He also ran a private business on the side doing repair work and structural welding for private and individual companies. Tim is certified in SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, FCAW introduction and advanced welding through Lincoln Welding, and is Forklift certified.
Jason Cook graduated from Northwest Tech in '97 and began his career at Central Power Systems and Services. In 2013, he transitioned to teaching Diesel Technology at Northwest Kansas Technical College. He has a BS in Technical Education. Jason is happily married and has three sons.