Loftin Announces Retirement
Goodland, KS. (04/30/2019) – After 36 years of service at Northwest Kansas Technical College, Robert Loftin has recently announced he will be retiring.
Loftin has been a part of Northwest Tech since 1983 when he first began as an Electrical Technology student. He graduated in 1984 and entered the workforce. Loftin moved back to Weskan, Kansas and started his own successful business, “Loftin Electric”.
Shortly after beginning his career, Loftin was elected as a member of Northwest Tech’s Area Board of Control. Loftin became President of the Board in 2003 after serving on the board for 18 years. He remained President of the Board until 2010. Loftin remained very active throughout his years on campus, including serving on the Endowment Board for several years.
In 2010, Loftin announced he would be coming full circle as he accepted the full-time Electrical Technology instructor position. Loftin taught for the past 9 years and has inspired manystudents along the way. In fact, Loftin has educated over 115 students during his time as an instructor. In 2018, Loftin was recognized as Northwest Tech’s employee of the year. The Northwest Tech family thanked Loftin for all the hard work and dedication that he has put into his career.
“Since I’ve been at Northwest Tech, it’s always been a pleasure to work with Mr. Loftin and see his commitment to seeing his students become successful electricians who have the technical and social skills for the industry” said President Ben Schears, “All of the Northwest Tech family will missing seeing him around campus each day, but we are excited for him that he’ll get to spend some time enjoying his family and friends.”
Loftin’s plans for retirement includes slowing down and enjoying life. “My time spent at Northwest Tech spans most of my adult life. I credit NWKAVTS, and Glenn Chase for giving me a skill-set to earn a good living, in an occupation that was challenging and fun”, said Loftin as he reflected back on his time at Northwest Tech, “My time on the Board put me in contact with the finest people in all of Northwest Kansas. My time as an Instructor, gave me a relationship with some of the most dedicated, skilled professionals, anywhere. Professionals who became my friends and peers.”
Loftin has long understood the value of technical education and how it benefits students throughout their entire lives. Robert Loftin is truly an extraordinary colleague and will be missed beyond measure.
Goodland, KS. (04/25/2019) – Northwest Kansas Technical College has selected its inductees to their chapter of the National Technical Honor Society. Students must be nominated by their program instructor and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students must also be seeking employment in their field of choice and be of good moral character and have good attendance.
The following students will be inducted to NTHS on Monday night, April 29th at 6:30 in the Union.
Matthew Rippen – Auto Technology
Kevin Saenz – Mobile Applications and Gaming
Ussiel Gallegos – Computer Graphics Tech
Chandler Gerk – Precision Ag
Bryan Veleta – Diesel Technology
Brandon Beloti – Business Technology
Raymond Robinson – Diesel Technology
Brandy Ballentine – Crime Scene Investigation
Lindsay Bauman – Respitory Therapy
Shamariah Harding – Precision Agriculture
Savannah Bassett – Respitory Therapy
Pierce Fisher – Electrical Technology
Wyatt McCallum – Diesel Technology
Brett Gerbitz – Crime Scene Technology
Kendrick Quick – Auto Technology
Heather Williams – Cosmetology
The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is an honor society for outstanding career and technical students of workforce vocational education institutions in the United States. NTHS began in 1984 as the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society at H.B. Swofford Career Center, Spartanburg County, South Carolina. In 2003, the board of directors unanimously agreed to change the name of the organization from the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society to the National Technical Honor Society.
Today NTHS serves over 4,500 member schools, both secondary and post-secondary, and has a footprint in all 50 states, with chapters expanding into the Bahamas, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and Guam. NTHS honors the achievements of leading career and technical education students, provides scholarships, and cultivates excellence in today's highly competitive, skilled workforce. Its fiscal year runs with the general school calendar, August 1 - July 31. The Jon H. Poteat Scholarship is the largest scholarship fund for NTHS. In April 2018, over $225,000 was awarded through the Jon H. Poteat Scholarship Fund, each equaling $1,000.
The Goodland community has landed a class member in the upcoming Leadership Kansas 2019 program. Goodland native Jason Showalter has been selected amidst a wide field of candidates to join this year’s class, which begins in April.
Leadership Kansas has a long history in Kansas and is among the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership programs in the country. The purpose of the program is to serve as a catalyst for creating awareness of relevant statewide issues facing Kansas. The selection process aims to identify individuals who are already serving in leadership capacities around the state and inspire them to stay involved in civic engagement. Earning a seat in the program is competitive with hundreds of nominations received each year, with only 40 individuals ultimately selected.
Class members will have the opportunity to travel to communities across all corners of the state over the 6-month long program. Upon graduating the program, class members will join the alumni network of over 1,300 distinguished Kansans including the likes of Bill Graves, Jerry Moran, David Dillon, and many others.
After spending several years as a law enforcement officer, Showalter joined the faculty ranks at Northwest Tech in the Crime Scene Investigation program. During his tenure as an instructor in the program, it was one of the fastest growing majors at the college. He currently serves as the Dean of Student Advancement at Northwest Tech, where he is responsible for leading student life initiatives, student discipline, and enhancing student engagement. “I am blessed to have been accepted into such a prestigious leadership organization and have been inundated with calls, letters, and emails from business and civic leaders from across Kansas congratulating me,” said Showalter. “It is evidence of how strong the connections within Leadership Kansas are, and I cannot wait to meet my classmates and program alumni.”
Showalter will join the ranks of several Goodland community members who have been in the program in the past; Joe Bain, Ben Brandvik, Brad Cowan, Marcia Golden, Brian Linin, Ed Mills, Jenifer Sanderson, Kevin Sanderson, Ben Schears, Jeanie Schields and Alan Townsend.
Northwest Tech recently received a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation for $25,000 to help fund an emergency generator system for the college’s Memorial Union. The college applied for the grant after recognizing the need for backup electrical service on campus in case of an emergency.
High school juniors and seniors in the greater Goodland area will now have the opportunity to complete a technical certificate or associates degree at the same time they earn their high school diploma. Starting in August 2019, high school students will be able to enroll in the half-day Engineering and Drafting Technology program on the Goodland campus.