NCK Tech I.T. Department Competes At State Leadership Conference in Wichita

The North Central Kansas Technical College – Information Technology (IT) Program returned home from competing at the State Leadership Conference for Business Professionals of America held in Wichita on February 16-18, 2023.

Business Professionals of America helps prepare students for careers in business, computer, web, design and office occupations.  Technical Colleges and Community Colleges participate in the post-secondary organization.

The programs brought home 9 first places, 2 second places, and 5 Top 10 Finishes.  The individual placings are stated below.

Competitions are held in financial, administrative, information technology, management, marketing, human resources and open events.  The events require students to solve technical and business problems in an allotted amount of time, present their ideas to judges from their respective fields, or take tests that cover their area of interest.

All of these students are now eligible to compete in Anaheim, CA at the National Leadership Conference.  They will compete April 26 – 30, 2023.  The instructors for the Information Technology Program are Ashley Wiles and Zach Warner, with Ashley Wiles serving as the BPA advisor.

Additional Information about the Information Technology can be accessed at

These students will be conducting several fundraisers, and accepting sponsorships, over the next two months to pay for their trip to nationals.  Any financial support from their communities would be greatly appreciated.


Computer Network Technology

  1.  Joseph Buhler

Device Configuration & Troubleshooting

  1.  Haden Smith

Network Administration Using Cisco

  1. Joseph Buhler
  2. Logan Fickes

Network Design Team

  1.  Xander Heidrick, Daniel McDill, Haden Smith

Fundamental Desktop Publishing

  1.  Colton Czapanskiy

Graphic Design Promotion

  1.  Colton Czapanskiy
  2.  Olivia Rolph

Fundamentals of Web Design

  1.  Macie Scott

Website Design Team

  1.  Czapanskiy, Scott, Rolph

Podcast Production Team

  1.  Cooper Adams, Gage Alstatt, Logan Fickes, Connor Flinn

Visual Design Team- Pilot

  1.  Joseph Buhler, Hunter Reynolds

Open: Computer Programming Concepts >> Logan Fickes

Open: Information Technology Concepts >> Xander Heidrick, Haden Smith, Joseph Buhler, Daniel McDill

Open: Parliamentary Procedures >> Logan Fickes

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 2020 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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