All students enrolled in NCK Tech classes are encouraged to have a laptop to enhance their success and learning experience. The college does not recommend using an iPad or Chromebook as a student’s primary computer.

The following programs use digital textbooks and require a laptop for this purpose.
Beloit Campus Programs: Electrical Technology, Auto Technology, Plumbing, Heating & AC, Business Office Management, Automotive Collision Technology and Diesel Technology

Hays Campus Programs: Electrical Technology, Auto Technology, Plumbing, Heating & AC, and Business Office Management

Below are recommended specifications if you are planning to buy a laptop:

Operating System64-bit Microsoft Windows 11 and Windows 10.
-No version “s” of Windows 10 or 11
Note: You cannot load certain software applications on Windows 10S/11S
ProcessorBasic: 2.5-2.9 GHz processor
Recommended: 3+GHz processor
MemoryBasic: 8 GB
Recommended: 16 GB
Display ResolutionConventional Displays:
1920 x 1080 with True Color
Display CardBasic: 1 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Recommended: 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 12 compliant
NOTE: If the system does not meet this level, it may still work but will cause some applications to run slower.
Disk Space250+ GB SSD or M.2 or NVME
NetworkWireless (Required) and Ethernet (Optional)
Web CamOptional
SoundOptional
MicrophoneOptional

Students at NCK Tech can take advantage of purchasing discounted laptops from Dell Technologies by shopping the link below.