NCK Tech, Hays and Beloit has been named one of the nation’s top 150 community/technical colleges by the Aspen Institute and is now eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.  “NCK Tech is pleased to receive this recognition from the Aspen Institute for the fifth consecutive year,” states President Eric Burks. “It is a tribute to the wonderful people who work at NCK Tech. We are proud that our collective efforts have consistently helped students at such a high level.”

Based on strong and improving student outcomes – including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity – 15 percent of community/technical colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize.  Data show that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates, and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges.

“Community (and technical) colleges play a vital role in developing talent and enabling social mobility across the country and it’s critical for them to get better at what they do,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “We’re pleased to see evidence that these institutions are improving, that more are delivering on their promise.”

NCK Tech has campus locations in both Beloit and Hays. The college has seventeen programs of study and offers both certificate and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. To learn more about NCK Tech, programs, certificate and degree options visit our website at