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Nationally Ranked Graduation Rates At Northwest Tech

Nationally Ranked Graduation Rates At Northwest TechGoodland, KS. (09/10/2018)  – Northwest Tech continues to be one of the top-performing colleges in the nation according to the recent release of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual Almanac. Out of 762 publicly funded technical and community colleges from around the nation, Northwest Tech ranked #19, placing the college among the top 3% in the nation. The report ranks the success of colleges in students graduating within a 3-year timeframe. Northwest Tech was the only technical college in Kansas to make the list this year.


More and more high school seniors are deciding to attend a technical college after graduation to reap the endless benefits of a technical education. Students are usually focused on the obvious benefits, such as career-focused programs, smaller class sizes, adaptability, and less debt after graduation. However, many new college students do not realize the importance of graduation rates and what that could mean for their future.


“Achieving a ranking this high in the Chronicle, an analysis of U.S. Department of Education Data, is a huge deal,” says President Ben Schears. “Earning a certificate or degree makes a tremendous difference in our students ability to enter the workforce, make an impact on the state’s economy, and start enjoying the career they trained for and love.”


Graduation rates are a reflection of the accountability, transparency, and quality that Northwest Tech promises its students. Northwest Tech prides itself on the academic support that the faculty and staff provide to students and giving them the tools they need to succeed.


Also making the list was Colby Community College, which came in ranked #24. “I think it speaks volumes for Northwest Kansas as a whole, that the two colleges in our region are recognized for achieving such high graduation rates,” said Schears, “…it’s good news for our regional economy and the communities that support us.”


2-Year Colleges With the Best 3-Year Graduation Rates, 2016. (2018, August 19). Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from