Adam Elliott named Apple Distinguished Educator

Northwest Kansas Technical College is thrilled to announce that Computer Graphics Technology instructor Adam Elliott has been named an Apple Distinguished Educator. Mr. Elliott is a native of Goodland, Kan. and a 2009 alum of Fort Hays University. He has been an instructor at Northwest Tech since 2010. Regarding his award Elliott remarked, “I want to thank Dr. Ed Mills and Brenda Chatfield for their visionary leadership in building Northwest Tech into the forward-thinking, high-tech campus that it is today. They provided the technology, opportunities, and support that have allowed me to innovate within my classroom.”

He credits the community of Northwest Tech saying, “I also appreciate the support of the Northwest Tech faculty and students who make coming to work every day a sincere pleasure.” As a result of this award, Elliott will attend the ‘ADE Institute’ this summer. He commented, “It’s an honor to be recognized, but more importantly it’s an incredible opportunity to network with other educational leaders across the world. I am humbled, and look forward to continuing to bring innovative ideas to Goodland and Northwest Tech.”

The Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Today it has grown into a worldwide community of over 2,000 visionary educators and innovative leaders who are doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. Apple is pleased to welcome Adam Elliott to the ADE Class of 2015. You can learn more about this group of innovative educators online at:

Northwest Tech Apple Accolades

In past years, Apple has awarded Northwest Kansas Technical College a slew of different awards for the innovative teaching methods utilized in campus classrooms. Northwest Tech was the first two-year college to be awarded both the Apple Distinguished Program Award and the Apple Distinguished School Award. Northwest Tech has received the Distinguished Program Award for two consecutive years. It was also the first two-year college in the United States to implement an iPad 1:1 program.

Every program at Northwest Tech emphasizes hands-on learning and real-world experience in the field, and nearly every program is supported by complete iPad integration in the classroom. Instructors work hard to help students connect mind, hand and heart, and the iPad Mobile Learning Initiative is helping faculty make that a reality.

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