Area Students Accept Technology Education Sponsorship and Sign On for Careers at Nex-Tech

LENORA, Kan., August 25, 2023 – On Thursday, August 17th, Nex-Tech hosted a signing day to recognize two area students as the recipients of the Technology Education Sponsorship program, a partnership between Nex-Tech and NCK Tech. The opportunity also allows these students to sign on for future careers at Nex-Tech.

The Technology Education Sponsorship Program covers the full cost of tuition and books for selected students pursuing an education in Telecommunication or Information Technology at NCK Tech and includes an internship at Nex-Tech. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be formally employed at Nex-Tech.

Recipients of the prestigious sponsorship include Jakob Benjamin, son of Mary and Levi Benjamin, Spearville High School (Spearville, KS); and Brendan Kershner, son of Tiffany Huff and Tim Kershner, Hays High School (Hays, KS).

“This is a significant day for these students! They are not only committing to a fabulous education with NCK Tech, but they are also committing to intern and employ with Nex-Tech. This is affording them the opportunity to explore the field of technology in a hands-on environment alongside Nex-Tech’s technical experts,” said Jacque Beckman, Youth Services/Training Manager at Nex-Tech.

Corey Isbell, Ed.D., VP of Student and Instructional Services at NCK Tech added, “This partnership is a testimony to the power of collaboration between two institutions. Our charge was to create a pathway to the workforce in the field of Telecommunications. With Nex-Tech’s donation of facility space, financial support for students, and tremendous expertise in these areas, we have created a direct pathway to a rewarding career for these students.”

Both sponsorship recipients expressed their enthusiasm regarding the opportunity and its impact on their futures.

“I am honored to be a recipient of this sponsorship,” shared Kershner. “I am excited to continue moving forward in my education.”

Benjamin also expressed his optimism about what the sponsorship means to him. “This sponsorship will give me a schooling opportunity that I otherwise would not have,” said Benjamin.

Students interested in the Technology Education Sponsorship Program next year will need to apply for a qualified program with NCK Tech (, and will also need to complete the Nex-Tech Sponsorship program application, found on the Nex-Tech Website. For more information, students should reach out to NCK Tech at 1-888-567-4297 or visit their website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Dustin Schlaefli at Nex-Tech 785.625.7070 Fax: 785.625.4479
About Nex-Tech

Nex-Tech connects thousands of people and businesses through a robust broadband network. Nex-Tech’s powerful fiber-to-the-premise technology delivers leading-edge enterprise solutions to clients nationwide including cloud services, servers, security, phone systems, hosted PBX, managed IT, advertising solutions, and network operations monitoring. Nex-Tech employees are customer-focused on providing the most effective technology solutions with unsurpassed user- friendly support. Headquartered in Lenora, Kansas, Nex-Tech has been delivering exceptional service for 70 years.