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NCK Tech was recently named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by The Aspen Institute of College Excellence. They were selected for this award due to their high, improving, and equitable rates of student success. This is the fourth consecutive time the college has been given this award and they were selected from a pool of over 1,000 public two-year colleges from 39 states. The Aspen Institute recognition is on the heels of a #1 in the nation in job placement award given by, a #3 in the nation ranking in graduation rates by The Chronicle of Higher Education, and a 10th best community college in America award.

Two year institutions are becoming increasingly more important as the need for skilled laborers increase and more and more students are looking for the highest return on their investment. “Especially in our current social and economic climate, it is exceptionally important that our nation’s community colleges develop the diverse talent needed to fuel democratic engagement, social mobility, and economic opportunity and growth,” said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

President of the college, Eric Burks, explains how NCK Tech is consistently rising to the top. “About three years ago, NCK Tech employees worked together to establish a core values statement, “Achieving excellence with integrity through dedication, innovation, collaboration, and communication.”  All of the recognition we have received at the national level is evidence that our faculty and staff are living out these values every day.  I so much appreciate their dedication and the standards they hold for themselves and for our students.”

NCK Tech is a fully accredited 2-year technical college with campuses in Beloit and Hays, KS. They tout 25 different programs to choose from and most programs are either 9 or 18 months in duration. The college also offers credits that transfer to 4-year institutions for students who are looking to further their education. To discover more about NCK Tech visit their website at