Northwest Tech was recently recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as being among the top 2% in graduation rates in the nation. The college ranked 12th out of 895 two-year publicly funded technical and community colleges from around the United States.
Each year in their annual almanac, the Chronicle examines several different college measurements. This includes measuring the success students have in completing their degree within three years and six years from their initial start date. When examining all 895 colleges from around the country, the average graduation rate for this category is 20.5%. Northwest Tech performs three times higher than the national average with a 60.7% degree attainment rate. “Students select us because they have confidence they can earn a degree and get a job,” said Northwest Tech President Ben Schears. “The recognition from the Chronicle reaffirms what many in the college and community already know…we’re great at what we do.”
In the state of Kansas, there were 26 public technical and community colleges whose data was measured. Of the colleges, only 4 made the list – all of which happened to be technical colleges. The other technical colleges receiving recognition were North Central Kansas Technical College (7th), Salina Area Technical College (9th) and Manhattan Area Technical College (19th).
“More than anything, this is a real testament to the value of technical education to the higher education system in Kansas,” said Schears. “While technical colleges are the smallest sector and often underrepresented in the state system, we’re scrappy. We are mighty good at educating students who will have an immediate and tangible impact on the state economy.”
The cohort educational model the college has for technical programs, combined with the care and customer service of the employees of Northwest Tech are what Schears credits for the recognition. “The groundwork for this type of success was laid years ago through the efforts of our students and the service and attention they receive from our employees. We have some of the best faculty and staff in the state,” he said.
Northwest Tech has been providing quality and employable technical education to the Northwest Kansas region since 1964. To find out more about the colleges 16 academic programs, 11 NJCAA athletics programs, and campus life, visit the website at NWKTC.EDU