A look ahead to the fall and North Central Kansas Technical College can see a positive upswing.

The college is growing. It’s a trend that seems to improve bit by bit.

“We have some real good numbers,” said NCK Tech Dean of Student Services Angel Prescott. “We’re hopeful to be above the 496 students we started with (last fall). Right now, we’re on mark to pass that.”

The college, which celebrated one of its larger graduating classes Friday on the Beloit campus, then Saturday in Hays, still has plenty of openings for the fall semester. However, there also are classes that already are closed. It’s not so much a bad thing, in that some of it will probably change during the course of the summer, but it’s a plus that it is showing growth.

The associate and practical nursing and plumbing, heating and air conditioning classes already have been filled for the fall in Hays, Prescott said. A handful of others in culinary and welding are close to capacity.

“There are more programs closed right now then there were at this time last year,” Prescott said. “It can be frustrating and we’re sorry it has to be that way sometimes, but what we want to do is work with parents and students to see if there’s something we can work with, see if there’s something else they may be interested in.”

During the summer period, one thing NCK Tech faculty will do is look at non-traditional students who might be interested to come in. While a non-traditional student might usually be considered older than 18 to 22, Prescott said they’re looking at non-traditional as those in that older range, as well as those who might be just a year or two out of high school.

“We’ve seen a growth in the number of non-traditional students,” Prescott said.

During the summer months, NCK Tech offers online classes. On the Beloit campus they run their CDL classes as well that are year-round.