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NCK Tech Offers Oil Field Training Class

Labor shortages have been felt throughout the Kansas oil and natural gas industry for some time. These shortages have stretched across all disciplines in the oil and natural gas industry, but Kansas is particularly short on basic, entry-level positions. The supply of qualified and talented applicants continues to shrink. Selecting and retaining the best employees is becoming essential for the Kansas oil and natural gas industry. 

In an effort to boost oil and natural gas industry employment and promote jobs and careers in the Kansas oil and natural gas industry, the North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech) with the support of Berexco LLC, Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association (KIOGA), and Kansas Strong, is pleased to announce the continuation of a certified program titled"Introduction to the Oilfield." 

This 8 week/56 hour class is designed for entry level oil and natural gas industry employment seekers who will gain first-hand insight into the Kansas oil and natural gas industry from field trips hosted by our members and supplemented by industry-designed online training. The curriculum provides students with the basic skills and knowledge for entry into the Kansas oil and natural gas industry. 

The next class will run from January 19, 2015 through March 13, 2015


. The following session will be held in Summer 2015 with the intention to offer the class three times a year. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive 3 hours of college credit from NCK Tech and industry certification from KIOGA, both of which can be submitted for preferred hiring into entry-level oilfield employment. 

For more information, please contact Janet Moeller at North Central Kansas Technical College, (785) To register online, use the NCK Tech website. 

What Is Career and Technical Education?

Career and Technical Education Defined

The Perkins Act of 2006 was enacted by federal legislation to encourage training in career and technical education. Section 3[5] defines career and technical education as "organized educational activities that offer a sequence of courses that provides individuals with coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills . . . "

Completing a Course of STudy in a Pathway

Pathways provide students with specific career related skills and put those skills into practice through hands-on activities. 

Students must take a total of three credits from a pathway, with at least two being at the technical or application level, to be considered a concentrator of the pathway.

Classes are divided into three levels:

  • Introductory level (1)
  • Technical level (2)
  • Application level (3)

Please note the pathway design level and recommended grade level for each class. The grade level is the earliest recommended grade for that class. However, the classes can be taken at other grade levels as long as any prerequisites have been met.

Why Should I Enroll in a CTE Pathway?

Students who become concentrators in CTE classes as high school students can be granted free college credit, and recognition as meeting entrance requirements and/or substitute for postsecondary experiences. 

As many of the CTE competencies match core subject standards, some of the CTE/core classes may be taught concurrently, in the same hour class period. 

Some CTE classes are eligible for REGENTS QUALIFIED ADMISSIONS to Kansas state universities. However, applied science CTE classes may not be substituted for a unit of natural science credit as part of the KANSAS SCHOLARS CURRICULUM. 

Have Questions About CTE Pathways?

Wichita Area Technical College Offers On-line Aviation Courses

Wichita Area Technical College wants to provide the opportunity for  juniors and seniors across the state to consider starting their career in aviation.  That career path can begin with taking any of these courses in aviation that are taught online and are listed within the SB155 approved course list.  As you will see at the link below the individual courses are listed and potential career programs that are linked to these courses are outlined at the bottom of the page.  Many of our aviation and manufacturing programs taught at the National Center for Aviation Training  link directly into these foundational courses and in Wichita and the surrounding areas high school students are currently taking advantage of this career pathway.  These courses are taught online with an instructor, so wherever you live in Kansas, you should have an opportunity to begin a career in the industry that fuels 66% of our state’s economy.  For more information, please go to  the watc aviation online website.