Northwest Tech is honoring 2015-2016 graduates in an annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016. This year marks the 51st graduating class with approximately 153 students graduating from one of sixteen technical programs.
The commencement ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm mountain time at the Max Jones Fieldhouse. Kansas Representative Rick Billinger will by the keynote speaker for the event. Richard (Rick) Billinger grew up in Park, Kansas and attended Park schools and graduated from Wheatland High School in Grainfield, KS.
An Army Veteran, Rick was a member of the First Calvary the Eighth Engineers. After his military service, he attended Colby Community College for one semester where he played baseball until an arm injury forced him to the sidelines. He then transferred to Fort Hays State University and later graduated with a degree in General Business Studies.
Rick believes strongly in public service. He has served the community of Goodland, KS for 20 years as both City Commissioner and mayor. In 2011, he began his service in the Kansas House of Representatives and was reelected for the 2015-16 term. Rick plans to run for the Kansas House of Representatives for the 2017-2018 term.
Rick’s memberships include the executive board of Boy Scouts of America, a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, NRA, Farm Bureau, Kiwanis, Kansas Wheat Growers Association, Pheasants Forever, American Legion, and the Elks Lodge.
Community members are encouraged to attend to celebrate the accomplishments of the Northwest Tech students. Light refreshments are provided for the community immediately following the graduation ceremony.
Northwest Tech is a progressive technical college in Goodland, Kansas. The college is proud to provide top notch technical education, but it is also serving the Kansas Workforce by providing its students with an innovative education from the implementation of the latest technologies; expanding and embracing diversity; developing future industry and community leaders; and by celebrating a vibrant campus life.