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  • All Northwest Tech Athletics to Compete in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference

    Goodland, KS. (09/11/2018)  – In 1964, when Northwest Tech was founded, collegiate sports seemed like an unlikely dream. Back then, Northwest Tech was strictly a vocational school designed to provide students with technical skills required to preform the tasks of a particular trade.


    In 2010, Northwest Tech added collegiate sports and became officially known as the home of the Mavericks. In the short time that it has existed, Northwest Tech Athletics has had a rich history of notable coaches, remarkable fans, and diligent athletes. Currently, Northwest Tech offers men and women’s basketball, men’s wrestling, men and women’s track and field, men and women’s cross country, men and women’s soccer, and women’s softball.


    This year, all Northwest Tech athletics will be participating in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. 2018 marks the first year that all Northwest Tech sport programs will partake in the KJCCC. The KJCCC is a college athletic conference, which is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.


    “I’m very excited to see all of our athletic programs being associated with the Jayhawk Conference,” said Northwest Tech’s Athletic Director, Rory Kling, “Our student athletes will have more opportunities to be recognized and rewarded for their efforts.”


    "The Northwest Tech community is thrilled to have all programs in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College conference this year," said Ben Schears, president of Northwest Tech. "The range of competitive men's and women's sports programs, the athletic and academic quality of the fellow institutions, and the positive impact this conference will bring to our students all combine to make the KJCCC a great fit for the Tech.”


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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

  • New Faces at Northwest Tech

    Goodland, KS. (09/04/2018)  – Northwest Tech is pleased to announce the recent hiring of a few new staff members that have become a part of the Maverick Family!


    As you pass by the Academic & Student Affairs Department, you’ll notice a new face. Mr. Matt Pounds has joined our team in the role of Dean of Academic Advancement. Mr. Pounds comes to us with 8 years experience as a teacher and he also served 23-years as a school principal. Mr. Pounds lives in Burlington, CO and his favorite thing at Northwest Tech, so far, is meeting new coworkers who come to work everyday and are purposeful in helping others to be successful.


    Hayley Hales is also new to the Academic & Student Affairs Department. Hayley is Northwest Tech’s new Director of Outreach. Hayley coordinates with area high schools so students are able to take college credit courses through Northwest Tech. She is originally from Longview, Texas and enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and most of all, spending time with friends and family.


    Next up, we have a new position in the Business Office. Alaina Long is Northwest Tech’s first Student Account Specialist. Alaina is originally from Logan, KS and she enjoys camping, fishing, traveling, and binge watching shows on Netflix. “I like how supportive everyone is,” said Alaina, “working at Northwest Tech feels like working with family. Everyone is friendly and caring”. Alaina also commented on how involved the college is within the surrounding counties, and she appreciates representing an institution that is committed to community.


    Finally, we welcome Natalia Barrera as the newest Admissions’ Representative. Natalia is a Goodland native who enjoys photography, traveling, and makeup. Natalia is great with prospective students when giving tours and going to high school visits. Natalia’s favorite part about working for Northwest Tech, so far, is the positive energy, “We all get along so well”, said Natalia, “and I get to meet new people everyday!”


    Northwest Tech is very excited to welcome our new team members to the Maverick Family. We wish them a successful school year!

  • First Annual Ag Expo To Be Hosted At Northwest Tech

    Goodland, KS. (08/21/2018)  – Northwest Tech will be hosting its first annual Ag Expo on August 29, 2018. The Tech’s Ag Expo aims to bring a variety of educational activities, commercial demonstrations, and exhibits to the community as well as to landowners, students, families and anyone who wants to know more about agriculture. 

    The morning of the event is dedicated to our Water Technology Farms Field Day with the Kansas Water Office, followed by lunch and a panel discussion with KARTA, and an afternoon of vendor exhibits and demonstrations at the Precision Ag Tech Farm. Big Iron will also be having an auction with proceeds going to the Precision Ag program and local FFA chapters. Local FFA students, college students, growers, and the general public are all invited. In addition, all Ag and related vendors are encouraged to participate with the promotion of their goods and services. We will also be opening our 40-acre precision-planted corn maze at the Tech Farm to all attendees. The maze costs just $3 per person over 5 and stays open till 7pm so bring the kids after school. The maze proceeds go to the Precision Ag student activities fund (tours, travel costs, food, etc.), and into making our September/October maze entertainment worth coming back for.

    “The Precision Agriculture program at Northwest Tech is expanding by leaps and bounds and working to impact the conversation about water, technology, and agriculture,” said President Ben Schears, “…The program has taken an incredible leap forward with the addition of our new Water Technology Farm - a 240 acre live operational farm incorporating some of the latest agriculture and water technology.”

    Registration is required if you want to take advantage of the free lunch we'll be hosting in the Union.  Event Registration: 

    Ag Tech Expo

    Northwest Kansas Technical College

    Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018

    9:30 - 4:00 Mountain Time


    9:30-1:30 events are at the Union on the Northwest Tech campus

    1:30-4:00 events are at the Tech Farm: 1303 E. 8th, Goodland

    In conjunction with the Water Tech Farm Field Day


    There is no charge to attend. RSVP is requested by August 24 to allow for adequate food and materials. 

  • Boots, Brews, and BBQ Fundraiser

    Goodland, KS. (08/22/2018)  – Northwest Kansas Technical College will be hosting its first annual Boots, Brews, and BBQ fundraising event on September 22, 2018, at the Precision Ag Farm (1200 E. 8th Street). The party will start at 6 PM (MT).


    This event will feature live music from Cari Dell Trio, a BBQ dinner, and craft beer sponsored by Mountain Cowboy Brewery and Cole Family farms. There will also be a cash bar available.


    So, come on out for the last hurrah of the summer and support a good cause!



    Reserve your spot today! Tickets are $50 or $60 at the gate. To purchase tickets, contact Kelly James at (785) 890-1568 or visit


    All funds raised go directly to Northwest Tech Endowment Association.