NCK TECH Hays Campus recently hosted thirty students from the JAG-K program at Hays High School. According to Johnny Matlock, Career Specialist at Hays High, the program “partners with public schools to offer an elective class that provides academic and other positive support to ensure students earn their diploma.”

The students toured a variety of programs on the Hays Campus including welding, nursing, electrical, culinary, business and carpentry. The opportunity to show students hands-on application of programs is often key to their success. The JAG-K program explores career opportunities and focuses on soft skills to prepare students for the next level, whether it be education, the workforce or the military. An essential part of NCK TECH’s curriculum is focusing on job preparedness for all students. Soft skills are implemented into all programs of study.

Both Matlock and NCK TECH Student Services Coordinator, Tiffany Fox commented on the success of the tour and the time students were able to spend exploring possible opportunities.  “The tour was a huge success on my end. Not only did I learn about a very good educational resource right here in Hays, but the tour sparked an interest in a career in several of my students,” said Matlock.  “When students have a vision what they want their future to look like they become motivated in their present educational pursuit and are more likely to finish high school.”

If your organization or group is interested in visiting NCK TECH, schedule a tour on the college’s website at