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Northwest Tech President Featured in Ingram’s Article

Northwest Tech President Featured in Ingram’s Article- Goodland, KS. (04/06/2023) – 

Ben Schears, President of Northwest Kansas Technical College, was featured in the March Issue of Ingram’s Magazine: Digital Edition. The article, “50 Kansans You Should Know” features individuals who are accomplished leaders in their industry using criteria that includes demonstrating exceptional leadership, vision, and passion. Schears was recognized for his influential role and comprehensive work acknowledging the college’s socioeconomic impact within the community and region.


Collaboration between higher education and industry have been crucial to the vitality of northwest Kansas. According to Julica Oharah, Executive Director of Community Development at Sherman County Community Development, “President Schears has continued to play a significant role in our regional economic development by partnering with industry leaders and training top talent students in a highly competitive labor market.”


Successful rural colleges are meticulously connected to their communities, and Northwest Tech is no exception.  Schears serves as a catalyst for development in rural Kansas by ensuring Northwest Tech is pursuing and supporting leading industries, collaborating with local and regional organizations, and most important of all, ensuring each student is provided with the opportunity to thrive.


“A passion for education, strategic thinking, effective communication, and relationship building is necessary for effective leadership of an institution such as Northwest Tech”, said Dan Wasson, Area Board of Control Chairman. He continued, “Ben is avid about engaging the community, aligning programs, and attaining positive outcomes for our students, their families, the workforce, and our region.”


For Schears, who is wrapping up his seventh year as Northwest Tech’s president, rural America has always been important. Schears sticks to his motto of “rural by choice” and has contributed immensely to sustaining and growing the prosperity of northwest Kansas. Since his arrival in 2016, he established himself as a driven, dedicated leader with a grassroots approach.


To view the full Ingram’s “50 Kansans You Should Know” article, please visit

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