means less student loan debt and a quicker path to income — an income that is often higher than graduates from four-year colleges. Additionally, graduates possess a skill that is needed in almost any community, enabling them to return home or go anywhere in the world to work. “A technical education can provide you with the ability to earn a reputable income,” said Nick Acheson, owner of Access Control Solutions in Manhattan, Kansas, a company that specializes in interior finish carpentry. “With the demand for trades you will always be needed.” Considering the affordability, quick entry into the field, mobility, and solid wage potential for graduates, NCK Tech provides an incredible return on investment. Brent Cunningham, Vice President of Cunningham Telephone and Cable in Glen Elder, Kansas describes it this way, “NCK Tech students have a head start “ NCK Tech students have a head start at their new job. Brent Cunningham Cunningham Telephone & Cable 20 | North Central Kansas Technical College
at their new job. They require less on-the-job training and thus are much more valuable to their new company, which equates to higher starting wages for the students.” “I wasn’t a bad student in high school, but I wasn’t a great student either,” said Acheson. “I saw an opportunity to go to NCK Tech at a very affordable cost and learn stuff that would be a value my whole life,” he reflected. Because of his experience with NCK Tech, both as a student and now as an employer, Acheson knows when he receives a resume from an NCK Tech alumnus, he’s getting a candidate who can learn new things and adapt quickly. “Unlike someone off the street,” Acheson said, “NCK Tech graduates come to us with tools and knowledge of construction concepts and applications, and without the bad habits of a previous employer.” Not only are NCK Tech graduates prepared for entry-level positions, but many also move up the ladder quickly. “The employees we’ve hired from NCK Tech normally are able to advance in the company at a quicker pace,” stated Acheson. “The ones that work here have become supervisors and management.” After completion of their training, NCK Tech graduates are equipped with the skills necessary for success in their field. “I believe, if these graduates are truly passionate about what they are doing, they will be naturally ascending leaders and be very successful in their field,” Eakin said. So technically speaking, the training for technical fields are in high demand, taught hands-on, can be completed in 9-18 months, require less student debt, and result in high wages and opportunities for advancement. It’s no wonder more and more students are looking to NCK Tech to acquire the skills to enter these jobs, and for the businesses relying on them, they can’t graduate soon enough! FROM APPLICATION TO GRADUATION NCK TECH FOUNDATION IS HERE FOR YOU NCK Tech Foundation offers our students over 80 scholarships. Help yourself lower your financial contribution! Less debt is best.