Dean's Column

NCTA student leaders, Discovery Day

Sept. 29, 2016

By NCTA Dean Ron Rosati, PhD

Student engagement through academics and leadership programs is thriving at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and beyond.

Two groups of students traveled to Kansas last weekend, and we also had students in Lincoln and Omaha.  All were taking part in learning opportunities in support of their NCTA studies or student organizations focused on leadership.

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Sharing our diversity and unity

Sept. 20, 2016

Dean’s Column by Ron Rosati, PhD

Two leaders in the beef cattle industry recently visited the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture to discuss leadership and career opportunities with our students.

Barb Cooksley and Jaclyn Wilson captivated students during the evening dialog at the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center. Aggie students were listening to every word delivered by these two dynamic ranchers.

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Earning NCTA credits in high school

Sept. 13, 2016

By Dean Ron Rosati, PhD

High school students across Nebraska are earning college credits again this year through the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

From Pawnee City to Scottsbluff, and Rock County to Chase County, students are taking agricultural-related courses which count for high school and college credits.

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True at NCTA: Learning by Doing

September 6, 2016
by Dean Ron Rosati, PhD

A hallmark of our teaching methods at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is student involvement in experiential learning.

Aggies students are fully engaged in classroom activities, laboratory activities and a unique and extensive array of supportive activities we call “academic enrichment activities”. These activities are designed to help us maximize student learning by keeping our students motivated and focused on the skills and knowledge needed for them to be successful.

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Outstanding opening week at NCTA

August 29, 2016
By Dean Ron Rosati, PhD

 Our first full week of fall classes and activities at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture has already made exciting news and opportunities for the Aggies!

We welcomed 158 students into three residence halls at NCTA, where they will have an opportunity to build a campus community of daily life, along with a top-notch team of 11 resident assistants and Residence Life Manager Ryan Bauman.

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NCTA's next crop of Aggies

August 23, 2016
by Ron Rosati, PhD

In agriculture, we plan for and manage our enterprises with the seasons of the year and so goes the operating cycle for our college.

The 2016-2017 schoolyear at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture officially launched Monday with a campus full of enthusiast individuals.

What an amazing “planting season” we have initiated again here in Curtis, complete with all the valued inputs and resources necessary to establish and nourish this new crop of first-year students.

Welcome new and returning Aggies!

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Welcome to the NCTA Aggies

August 16, 2016
Dean’s Column by Ron Rosati, PhD

Our Fall semester courses and college programs begin on Monday!

As the Dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, I extend a hearty welcome to all students, staff members and faculty personnel.

I look forward to greeting our freshman this Friday as they move into the residence halls, and returning students as they come back to Curtis over the weekend to prepare for the next school year.

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Grazing Partnerships and Academic Opportunities

August 8, 2016
Dean’s Column by Ron Rosati, PhD

 
One of the hallmarks of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is enhancing opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers to enter into production agriculture in an ownership capacity.

This week at the Nebraska Grazing Conference, an annual event hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Grassland Studies, we are sharing an update on NCTA’s 100 Beef Cow Ownership Advantage and our Heifer Link program.

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Rural Futures Serviceship Program

August 1, 2016
Dean’s Column by Ron Rosati, PhD

Two students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln just completed a learning experience of a lifetime as they were “community Serviceship” interns immersed in a summer experience at Curtis.

We enjoyed hosting Jamie Mashino of Spencer and Courtney Ruda of North Platte at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture campus where they lived in one of our residence halls for two months, and also helped research and draft our first official campus recycling proposal.

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Nebraska State Fair

Recently the NCTA recruitment team finished up a whirlwind 11 days at the Nebraska State Fair. We had our booth located in the 4-h/FFA building and had the opportunity to visit with high school students interested in attending NCTA. As a recruitment team we love talking with everyone from alumni to young kids that are interested in animals and agriculture. We had a great 2016 state fair and look forward to seeing everyone in 2017!
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NCTA salutes county fairs

July 27, 2016
Dean’s Column by Ron Rosati, PhD

We are fortunate in Nebraska to experience outstanding youth development opportunities such as 4-H and FFA.  Bravo to those wearing green and white or blue and gold!

This week I send a salute on behalf of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis to the strong leadership role of adult volunteers, instructors, advisors and all family members who give countless hours to our 4-H and FFA programs.  Thank you for your contributions!

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NCTA gains high marks for national review

July 18, 2016

Dean’s Column
by Ron Rosati, PhD

The United States Department of Education evaluates the effectiveness of colleges and universities by sending teams of experts to campuses to study the schools and determine if they are performing according to best management practices. Colleges that are performing well become accredited, or they have accreditation standing “reaffirmed” or continued.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture reached an important milestone this year by being reaffirmed as an accredited postsecondary institution.

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Shared mission with University partners

July 5, 2016
by NCTA Dean Ron Rosati, PhD                     

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture has been closely associated with the University of Nebraska system since becoming a postsecondary institution 50 years ago.

That relationship has been solidified in formal agreements over the decades, and NCTA continues to benefit from a strong and productive collaboration with our partners in Lincoln and around the state.

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Building rural leaders at NCTA

June 27, 2016
by NCTA Dean Ron Rosati, PhD                     


Our campus is fortunate to be called “home” this summer for two college students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as they experience a rural community “serviceship” program in Curtis.

A partnership with the City of Curtis and the University’s Rural Futures Institute (RFI) established the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture as host for the RFI interns at one of our residence halls.

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NCTA and Nebraska Extension: Year-round Partners

June 20, 2016
By NCTA Dean Ron Rosati, PhD                     

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture benefits from a strong and productive collaboration with our partners from across the University of Nebraska system.

We have especially close relationships with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, and Nebraska Extension.

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