(Tuesday, August 16, 2023) Twice a year North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech) awards a member of our staff or faculty with a 212° Award. The purpose of the 212° Award is to recognize individuals who demonstrate superior dedication and the willingness to go that extra degree! 212 degrees is the boiling point of water. Everyone has watched it happen as water goes from still to rumbling when it reaches that threshold. That boiling point is a transformation point. Recipients of this award are employees who voluntarily go above and beyond the call of duty and are transformational leaders at the college. These employees demonstrate a positive attitude and commitment to their profession, students, fellow employees, and a loyalty to the mission of NCK Tech.

The recipient of 2023 Fall 212° Award is AJ Baxa. AJ is the Director of Maintenance Operations for the Beloit campus. AJ is very dedicated in providing an uplifting experience for all students and faculty and routinely goes above and beyond his job duties.

 “AJ is an outstanding member of the NCK Tech family and very deserving of this recognition,” said NCK Tech President Eric Burks. “He’s very dedicated and cares tremendously about the experience students and faculty have on our campus. AJ is always willing to go the extra mile to help out, always maintaining a positive ‘can do’ attitude and approach toward his work.”