Northwest Kansas Tech College was honored last November with the Apple Distinguished School Award for the third consecutive year.
Today, the first two-year college in the nation to receive an Apple Distinguished Program Award traveled to Topeka and met with Governor Sam Brownback, who congratulated Dr. Ed Mills and the Maverick family for this prestigious honor.
Sacha Sanguinetti had a chance to speak with Brownback about Northwest Tech’s latest accolade and the state of colleges in Kansas.
“There are literally thousands of schools that would like to get this honor that is going to Northwest Tech,” Brownback said. “It is amazing that they are getting this honor. it’s an innovative school. They’ll getting people well trained, they’re getting them good jobs, and if they want to go on from technical school on to a four year college, they can do that. I am impressed.”
“We are incredibly honored by this recognition from Apple,” Mills said a few months ago. “Our Board and I couldn’t be more proud of the outstanding faculty and extraordinary students here at the college.”
Every program at Northwest Tech emphasizes hands-on learning and real-world experience in the ﬁeld, supported by complete iPad integration in the classroom. Instructors work hard to help students connect mind, hand and heart, and the iPad Mobile Learning Initiative is helping faculty make that a reality.
Brownback said that the state has seen an increase in the technical education front. Over the last two years, there has been a 75 percent increase of people taking technical education courses in both rural and urban areas.
“Let’s keep moving it on forward,” Brownback said. “You’ve got good leadership at Northwest Tech. We just want to keep growing it and keep moving it forward because it will help that region to prosper.”
—This story was written and compiled by Beau Tiongson. Photo courtesy of Kansas Office of the Governor. Additional sources hyperlinked in text.