NCK Tech rated No. 2 trade school in the nation by Forbes (AUDIO)


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North Central Kansas Technical College, with campus locations in Hays and Beloit, has been listed in the Top 25 Two-Year Trade Schools in the nation by The college received the No. 2 ranking based on Forbes methodology of the following: post-graduate success, affordability, and completion success and student experience.

According to, this fall approximately four million high school students will enter their senior year. Most will be pushed toward four year bachelor degree programs, yet this is not a good fit for all students. Forbes reiterates the notion that a four year school is best for all students is “downright wrong.”

NCK Tech President Eric Burks tells us about the honor bestowed up the college and what it means to him.

NCK Tech has twenty-four programs of study over two campuses – Beloit and Hays. All programs stress the extensive hands-on training needed to meet the technical needs of today’s workforce. To read the entire article and listing of the Top 25 Trade Schools view

For more information on NCK Tech, visit


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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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