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Melody MacDonald of Fullerton is a veterinary technician student at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. She was named 2020-21 Aggie of the Year. (Photo courtesy of M. MacDonald))
Aggie studies reinforce FFA goals Thursday, September 9, 2021

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Throughout two decades of being around cats, dogs, horses, goats and cattle, Melody MacDonald is certain her future involves beef cattle and animal health care.

This fall, the Fullerton, Nebraska native has returned as a third-year student at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, studying veterinary technology with an emphasis in large animal health.

She will complete her courses in March, leave for an 8-week internship, and graduate in May with the class of ’22.

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Student volunteers with the NCTA Stock Dog Team gathered at City Park for Curtis Fall Festival, 2020. (NCTA photo)
NCTA Aggies at festivals and fairs Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Sept. 8, 2021

NCTA Dean’s Message by Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

We’ve had a whirlwind of activity here at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture campus and we’re only three weeks into the fall semester!

The month of September promises to be equally busy, if not more, as our Aggie recruiters are booked all month with college fairs. The NCTA student teams are competing or hosting contests, too. See some of the upcoming events below.

Fall Festivals

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Aggies gather at the start of fall semester outside Ag Hall for 2021 New Student Orientation at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (Photo by Andela Taylor / NCTA News)
NCTA grows careers for ag industry Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Sept. 8, 2021

By NCTA News

Fall enrollment of 232 fulltime students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis increased 6.4% this fall from 218 a year ago.

“Given the challenges with the pandemic and strong demand by employers nationwide for skilled employees, we are grateful to see every new student and our second- or third-year Aggies return to complete their degrees,” said Larry Gossen, NCTA dean.

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NCTA Aggie Rodeo athletes warm up with a roping dummy at Mill Park in Curtis before riding horseback. The Aggies are hosting a 10-week Round Robin Team Roping series each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (Photo by Annie Bassett / NCTA News)
Aggie Rodeo Team to host Team Roping Series Friday, September 3, 2021

Season opens Sept. 10-11 at Wisconsin

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

The NCTA Rodeo Team kicks off its Fall 2021 season Sept. 10-11 at River Falls, Wisconsin in collegiate competition hosted by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture rodeo athletes also launch a new activity at home with the 2021 Round Robin Team Roping Series, to occur each Tuesday from Sept. 7 to Nov. 9.

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The Aggie Shotgun Sports Team will host a Sporting Clay Shoot on Labor Day in Curtis. The team has doubled to 20 members since this photo was taken in 2020 with Coach Alan Taylor, at left, (NCTA News file photo)
Aggies to host Sporting Clay Shoot Sept. 6 Thursday, September 2, 2021

By NCTA News

Sporting clay enthusiasts can “break some clays” on Labor Day to show support for an Aggie team from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

The NCTA Shotgun Sports athletes are hosting a Sporting Clay Shoot Monday in Curtis to help defray expenses in buying team vests and practice supplies, said NCTA Coach Alan Taylor.

Sports enthusiasts can participate between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Curtis Gun Club, the public range where NCTA team members practice twice weekly.

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The NCTA exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair in the University of Nebraska’s Raising Nebraska building. (Andela Taylor photo / NCTA)
Aggies set pace in 2021 Wednesday, September 1, 2021

NCTA Dean’s Message by Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Thank you, Curtis community, for the warm welcome to Aggies beginning their college careers at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture!

Students enjoyed the New Student Orientation weekend, becoming familiar with the community, businesses, churches, and the region’s recreational sites.

We are grateful to the Medicine Valley Chamber of Commerce for welcome packets. I appreciate representatives from community groups and the pastors of local churches who met and mingled at the Welcome Picnic last Sunday.

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Aggie students gathered Sunday afternoon for their New Student Orientation at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Classes started August 23. (A. Taylor photo / NCTA)
Aggies back at campus Wednesday, August 25, 2021

NCTA Dean’s Message by Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

We’ve had a tremendous kickoff weekend and first few days of our fall semester here at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

I’ve appreciated the outstanding preparation by our NCTA faculty and staff to coordinate a smooth and welcoming atmosphere for New Student Orientation on Saturday and Sunday.

The Curtis Community shared in our kickoff, as well, by preparing welcome packets and helping with the community picnic Sunday evening.

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Animal Science Professor and Ranch Horse Team Coach Jo Hergenreder displays her mask of horse and rider. She keeps it handy for use in the office and classroom. (Crawford / NCTA News)
Campus clinic is August 31 Monday, August 23, 2021

By NCTA News

A walk-in clinic for the college community and public to receive a first Covid-19 vaccination will be Tuesday, August 31 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

Any individual who has not been vaccinated is welcome. The clinic is free of charge.

The Pfizer vaccine will be administered by the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department at the NCTA campus from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Student Union. The second shot will be given September 21, at same times and location.

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Resident assistants at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are student staff at three residence halls. This group welcomed Aggies last year. In person classes begin August 23 in Curtis. (M. Crawford / NCTA News)
Monday is opening day at NCTA Thursday, August 19, 2021

NCTA Dean’s Message by Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Welcome Aggie students to the new year at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. We are glad you are here!

We begin classes August 23rd and have a great orientation weekend planned for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Saturday is move-in day for our new Aggies residing on campus in one of the three residence halls.

A hearty greeting, as well, to the parents and family members who accompany their students for their move to Curtis.

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Vet Tech students in STVMA celebrate their instructor and mentor, Ricky Sue Barnes Wach, D.V.M., by presenting her with art. She retired in July and will continue on the NCTA faculty as a part-time lecturer. (C. Barnhart photo / NCTA)
New faces, places at NCTA Thursday, August 12, 2021

NCTA Dean’s Message by Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

The countdown has begun for our Fall semester to begin on August 23!

By next Monday, the Residence Halls will have their fulltime resident assistants moved in and taking their RA training (which includes CPR) and all faculty will report for duty in their respective units.

The Aggie campus will have a slightly new “look” in some of the buildings and a new face or two to welcome to our staff or faculty.

I look forward to greeting our employees at the Staff and Faculty Inservice on August 18.

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