Building upon NCTA’s history

Building upon NCTA’s history

In reflecting upon this past year at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, one of the events I enjoy noting is the 50th year for the campus to serve Nebraskans and others as a post-secondary educational institution.

This fall semester marked the silver anniversary for the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture (1965-1988) and NCTA (1988-present).

Friends, alumni and former administrators helped us observe the occasion on Nov. 13 with a program and reception. We had a wonderful time in honoring the many partnerships which make the college a success.

One commemorative item from the 50th is a small history booklet distributed that day.  We still have some available for our alumni and partners and will continue to share these during 2016.

For those who use the Internet, the 24-page booklet is posted online at our college web site so you can view it there. See News and Events on the NCTA Home page at

At viewers can explore NCTA’s academic programs, news updates, student teams and organizations, and calendar of events.  Also, see photos of our students and faculty, and learn about new programs and offerings. The Dean’s Columns and recent archives are posted here, along with messages from University President Hank Bounds and Vice President Ronnie Green.

This mechanism is one of the many modes we use to communicate with the public about NCTA.  Potential students can review many items such as scholarships and financial aid, how to apply for college, attending an open house which we call “Discovery Day”, or even outreach and news for international students and programs.

Another way NCTA connects to students, alumni and our industry partners is through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Tina Smith coordinates this outreach with the recruiters and communications program. See for Facebook postings.

For Twitter, follow the tweets from @NCTACurtis or see .  In addition to the “traditional” methods of press releases and radio programs, we often capture these announcements and radio commentaries on social media.

This week, listeners and viewers are learning about two new certificate programs NCTA has announced in agricultural welding and agriculture chemical application.

We continue to build upon the rich history of the institution, which, by the way, first opened its doors in 1913 as the Nebraska School of Agriculture – a regional and residential high school.

From the historical archives and scrapbooks displayed in the NCTA Alumni Room at Ag Hall, to the transmission of an electronic, high-tech highway, we are relaying education and information around the world.

I appreciate hearing from readers, listeners, alumni and patrons in any fashion that is convenient for them.  Contact us at 1-800-3CURTIS or stop by the Welcome Center in the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center at University and Siminoe Streets, or the Dean’s Office in Ag Hall, 404 East 7th Street in Curtis.
50th Anniversary Booklet

Happy Holidays!

NCTA Calendar:

Dec. 14-17:  Fall Semester Final Exams

Dec. 18: Dormitories close for holiday break

Dec. 24 – Jan. 3:  NCTA and University campuses closed

Jan. 4:  University Offices open

Jan. 11: Spring Semester Classes Resume