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Sandy Wills, a 25-year employee of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, received the 2020 Excellence in Service Award. (S. Nutter/ NCTA News Photo)
Wills is campus, community good neighbor Monday, July 13, 2020

July 13, 2020

By NCTA News

Mention Sandy Wills to folks in Curtis and they’ll likely have been the beneficiary of one of her baked or handmade creations.

Last week, the Curtis native received the top staff recognition at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture with the NCTA “Excellence in Service Award.”

“It was really a surprise when Mary Rittenhouse called my name,” said the 25-year employee of the tech school. “I wasn’t expecting this!”

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Irrigation technician students studying at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in April, 2019, with their instructor Dan Stehlik, are from left, Clancey Smith of Nebraska, Troyal Burris of Kansas and Kolton Begay of Colorado. NCTA was recognized in June with two awards for Outstanding Postsecondary Programs in Nebraska organizations. (Cy Cannon / NCTA photo)
Top ag and college awards to NCTA tech programs Tuesday, July 7, 2020

July 7, 2020

Dean’s Message from Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture was honored twice during June ceremonies which recognized the college overall and agriculture mechanics instructor Dan Stehlik.

Congratulations to all of the NCTA faculty and staff for recognition as the 2020 Outstanding Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Program!

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Annie Bassett (at left), NCTA Ranch Horse Team member from Ogallala, and her mare Annabelle gain pointers on how to side pass in a trail riding course with Huntra Christenson, assistant coach. (Crawford / NCTA photo)
Summer Horsemanship Series opens July 10 Thursday, July 2, 2020

July 2, 2020

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Six riding and stock horse clinics will be offered for equine enthusiasts on July 10, July 24 and August 7 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

“Riders can work on their basics, get some time riding at the indoor arena here at the Livestock Teaching Center on campus, and learn from our Ranch Horse Team,” said Joanna Hergenreder, NCTA Ranch Horse Team coach and associate professor of animal science.

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Dr. Brad Ramsdale, NCTA agronomy professor, meets with Pedro Bernal from Comanche, Texas, at New Student Enrollment last month. NCTA Dean Larry Gossen invites prospective students to attend the next NSE Day on Tuesday, July 7. (NCTA photo)
Welcome to our small campus, small town Tuesday, June 30, 2020

July 1, 2020

Dean’s Message from Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Graduates from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are confirming what we know to be true.

“Go to a college like NCTA that provides many activities, new experiences and leadership opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.”

“Get involved in the clubs and organizations on campus. Volunteer at events in Curtis. That’s where you will meet new friends.”

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NCTA Vet Tech students have an outdoor lab session on Feeding the Equine Patient. NCTA uses physical distancing and face masks for indoor classes. (C. Barnhart / NCTA Photo)
NCTA in-person classes for fall begin August 24 Monday, June 29, 2020

June 29, 2020                                      

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis has announced on-campus classes will begin for the fall semester on August 24.

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Veterinary technician students at NCTA started summer session on June 15. All “Nebraska Promise” students meeting eligibility criteria can enroll tuition-free this fall. In-person classes begin August 24. (Student photo by Jordan Ramsdell)
Nebraska Promise for free tuition Friday, June 26, 2020

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. _ The University of Nebraska is providing $50,000 for its on-campus classes in Curtis, Nebraska this fall.

The pledge through “Nebraska Promise” enables tuition-free college classes to fulltime students who are new, transfers or returning Aggies to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

Nebraska residents with family income of less than $60,000 per year are eligible.

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Larry and Fay Gossen's family gathered for this photo in 2016. Dr. and Mrs. Gossen are settling into their home at the NCTA campus in Curtis, Nebraska. (Courtesy photo)
Settling in to our small campus, small town Tuesday, June 23, 2020

June 23, 2020

Dean’s Message from Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Greetings from the Dean’s office. It is indeed my privilege to write this first column as the new dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

My first week has been a whirlwind, but I am finally getting settled in and finding my way around southwest Nebraska. My wife Fay and I have enjoyed the hospitality of the local establishments and enjoy the many conversations we have had about anything from our cat to our favorite foods.

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Chrissy Starkey, NCTA veterinary technician graduate, recently helped deliver bulldog puppies via C-section in her new position with a veterinary business in Kansas. (MEVSH photo)
Vet Tech is living her dream in emergency care Saturday, June 20, 2020

June 20, 2020

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

A fast-paced month after her college commencement as a veterinary technician, Nebraska native Chrissy Starkey is settled into a new home and a new job.

The graduate of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis now resides near Linwood, Kansas, along with her horse, two cats and three dogs.

Starkey is employed at Mission Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, where in March and April she became the first student intern from NCTA.

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NCTA Associate Dean Jennifer McConville and Dr. Larry Gossen have an initial planning session in May. Dr. Gossen assumed duties as the new dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture on June 15. (NCTA photo)
NCTA welcomes Dean Gossen Thursday, June 18, 2020

June 18, 2020

Dean’s Message from former Interim Dean Kelly Bruns, Ph.D.

CURTIS, Neb. – This week we welcome Dr. Larry Gossen as the new dean at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

Dean Gossen and his wife, Fay, moved to the NCTA campus over the weekend. They have relocated from Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Gossen has dedicated 24 years to education in Kansas as an FFA advisor, agricultural education teacher, and mentor to many youth.  He also worked with the National FFA Organization in Indianapolis.

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Paige Twohig’s youth projects in 4-H and FFA continued at NCTA where she studied agribusiness and ag education. (Twohig photo)
Agribusiness graduate offers tips for college Thursday, June 11, 2020

June 11, 2020

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Stepping foot on a college campus for the first time can be exhilarating and unnerving.

However, recent college graduate Paige Twohig of Wilcox says friendly people, common goals and youth programs in junior and senior high helped pave the way.

“When I came on my college visit here at NCTA, I fell in love with the small college and community and knew this is exactly where I wanted to attend college,” says the May graduate.

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