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Northwest Tech Repeats Top 3% in National Graduation Rates

Northwest Tech continues to demonstrate strong 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. The college has maintained steady success with graduation rates, and this year Northwest Tech was ranked #21 among 815 two-year publicly-funded colleges in the United States. The new ranking places Northwest Tech among the top 3% in success rates in the nation. Perhaps more remarkable is the college has been among the Top 25 for six out of the last seven years.

“We are proud of our ability to produce consistently high graduation rates, and it serves as a reflection of the commitment by our faculty and staff to provide pathways and support for our students to reach graduation,” said Northwest Tech President Ben Schears. “One of the beauties of Northwest Tech is that we are small, responsive, and can provide a more individualized learning experience for our students that larger institutions simply cannot deliver.” Schears indicated the small campus and classes, combined with the high amount of contact time students have with faculty members is the real key for the college. “When students walk down our hallways, we know them and often know aspects of their personal story. If they miss class, we are willing and able to reach out and see why,” said Schears.

According to the latest Almanac, Kansas public two-year colleges had a total of four institutions in the rankings – all of whom were Kansas technical colleges: NCK Tech (#9), Flinthills Tech (#10), Salina Tech (#15), and Northwest Tech (#21). “Kansas technical colleges have incredibly high success rates and frankly, we’re very effective at the work we do,” said Schears. “Our role is to develop skilled labor for a hungry workforce, and it is great to see that reflected in national graduation rankings.”

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