Classes have begun for the fall semester at North Central Kansas Technical College.
Now with that started, student services coordinator Lexi Pfannenstiel really can begin the preparation for what is ahead — which is a busy schedule of events soon to be happening on campus.
Of course, what’s first on the list isn’t even on campus at the Hays site.
Starting Friday, NCK Tech will have a booth at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. The state fair will be Friday through Sept. 17.
The college has had its booth at Hutchinson in the past, but this will be a new experience for Pfannenstiel, the student services coordinator at the school. She started at NCK Tech in February, giving her plenty of time to be prepared for events the college takes part in.
“I’m really excited for us to be a part of the state fair,” she said. “We’ll have students from the culinary department and different programs there.”
Once the state fair has concluded, the schedule doesn’t slow down. Of course, starting at NCK Tech last spring, Pfannenstiel will be able to know what to expect next. She already has been through the experience of having things done on campus for visitors at a day’s event.
Not long after she started, Pfannenstiel dove into helping NCK Tech in preparation for Eighth Grade Day when more than 140 students from northwest Kansas schools, such as Ellis and Victoria, visited. There even were a few buses from Ellsworth (an hour to the east) and Stanton County, from the far southwest part of Kansas, on the Hays campus for the day.
Pfannenstiel also has been prepped for Educator Day, which happens once a semester on the Hays campus and the college’s main campus in Beloit.
This year’s Educator/Counselor Day in Hays will be Oct. 13. The day is used to invite school administrators and faculty, such as superintendents, principals, counselors and teachers, to see what the college is about and visit the facilities. The school wants to show what goes into the programs, as far as what students do at NCK Tech.
This year as part of the tours school representatives go on, the college will give them a more hands-on approach to being a part of what the students take part in during class.
“One of the best things is just getting to have all these different administrators on campus and see us,” Pfannenstiel said. “(In the spring), I heard a lot of compliments from people. I know from speaking to others that they really enjoy getting to see what we have to offer.”
One thing included in Educator Day is each school that attends will get a $500 scholarship they will be able to take back with them to give to a student.
Almost two weeks after Educator Day, NCK Tech will turn its focus from allowing administration and educators to see what is available to welcoming prospective students from high schools. It is Showcase Day, which will be Oct. 26 in Hays.
Last year’s Showcase Day brought in between 175 to 200 students.
“Showcase Day is what I’m really excited about,” Pfannenstiel said. “I get a lot of great help from faculty, and we have a great day. We have a lot of involvement from the students.”
High school visitors are given the chance to really get a hands-on experience visiting the different departments around campus. The high school students won’t just get an opportunity to witness from instructors what happens in their programs, but they’ll also have a chance to interact with current students and see what they do as part of the classes.
There are door prizes the students can win. Most of which, Pfannenstiel said, are NCK Tech gear, such as T-shirts and other things. She said the college is getting new things, such as shirt designs that will be part of the prizes.