According to Trade School Future, NCK TECH achieved the ranking of #2 in the nation for its Automotive Program.  Daniel Kolbo of Trade School Future announced the ranking after a “deep dive into hundreds of the top trade schools in the nation to select our top ten based off of the projected value gained by going through the particular program.”  The ranking, based off five different criteria, includes average cost of tuition, typical debt-load of graduates, average early career salary, average mid-career salary and graduation rate.

NCK TECH has two campus locations – Beloit and Hays. Both campuses offer an 18-month Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology. Bob Gibbens, Department Chair of the Beloit program reiterates the criteria by which the school was evaluated. “We work with students to go out after graduation so they can perform above expectations of most employers.” Gibbens adds that even though students receive a lot of hands-on experience in the shop/lab and through contests, “…at the end of the day going to work after graduation is what it is all about.”

“Employers from all over the state are calling asking for graduates to move to their towns or cities to come work for them,” stated Richard Cox, Department Chair of the program in Hays.  “Our program takes pride in our students and we stand behind their education one hundred percent.”

President of NCK TECH Eric Burks commented, “I’m a big believer that you build great things around great people. We’re blessed to have dedicated faculty and staff members who make our programs successful. I very pleased for the national recognition the Automotive Technology program has received, and appreciate the efforts of instructors Ryan Cairns, Richard Cox, Bob Gibbens, Brett Pfannenstiel and Mark Rathbun for all they do to make this program successful.” President Burks emphasized the importance of this type of recognition. “Ultimately, we’re elated for our graduates, as this ranking is based primarily on the fantastic return on investment they receive when they complete this program.”

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