Each semester NCK TECH awards an employee who has gone above and beyond expectations in their job responsibilities with the 212 Award. The premise of the 212 Award is that water is hot at 211 degrees, but that one extra degree causes water to boil. Thus, the 212 Award recognizes those who put forth that extra degree to make a difference in their job with students and co-workers.

Employees are nominated by their peers and chosen by a panel of past 212 Award winners. Aimee Buckland, General Education Instructor for the Beloit Campus, is this year’s winner and received the award from President Eric Burks. Burks said, “Aimee is a tremendous asset to NCK Tech. She does a great job working with students and her colleagues.  All with a positivity that is infectious!”  Buckland has been with NCK Tech for 5 years and had the following to say when asked about the award, “I feel blessed to be recognized by my NCK Tech Family with the 212 Award.  Everyone puts so much pride into their work here, and wants to make it a good place for students.  I love being able to assist my coworkers and students when they need extra help, for whatever reason.  The camaraderie here at NCK Tech is truly what makes this an amazing place to work!”

Located in Beloit and Hays, Kan., North Central Kansas Technical College is dedicated to being a leader in workforce development by maximizing value for students, employers and communities through educational excellence. Our mission is to deliver applied, innovative and personalized education to empower learners, enrich lives, develop skilled professionals and strengthen economic systems. Achieving excellence with integrity through dedication, innovation, collaboration and communication is what we attain through our core values.