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NCTA Dean Larry Gossen checks out harvest machinery with Kirk McConville of Indianola. (Photo by J. McConville / NCTA)
Applauding Aggies in 2020 Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Sept. 29, 2020

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

We celebrated the “new” and “achievers” at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture this past weekend.

In a year of tumult, uncertainties and great challenges faced by many of us on college campuses, we do have cause for celebration. On Saturday, graduates with the NCTA Classes of December, 2019, and May and August, 2020, gathered with families and our campus staff and faculty for a small open house at the historic student activities center.

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The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture hosted the Prairie Circuit Conference sporting clays meet for 110 college athletes last weekend. Standing, at left are Coach Alan Taylor and Colby Mitchell of Burwell (third place), and joined by team members and NCTA student volunteers. (Kayden Bryant photo)
Aggies led by Burwell athlete Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Sept. 29, 2020

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – When it comes to breaking clay targets at a trap club, Colby Mitchell of Burwell has his eyes on the prize.

This time it was a bronze medal for placing third in the men’s division of the Prairie Circuit Collegiate Conference meet.

In a weekend contest that drew 110 competitors from nine colleges to the Lincoln County Wildlife Gun Club, Mitchell led six athletes from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis with a high overall of 458 points.

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  The Class of 2020 from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture was recognized Saturday by University of Nebraska President Ted Carter and Vice President Michael Boehm, at right, and NCTA Dean Larry Gossen, and Associate Dean Jennifer McConville.  Carter and Gossen announced Monday that students applying to attend NCTA in the Fall of 2021 may request a wavier to the application fee. (Jordan Ramsdell / NCTA photo)
NCTA application fee waived Oct. 1-18 Monday, September 28, 2020

By the University of Nebraska and NCTA News

Nebraska students who apply for admissions to University of Nebraska campuses including NCTA at Curtis from Oct. 1 through Oct. 18 can have the application fee waived, an incentive to expand interest by college-bound students.

The $45 fee will be waived for any Nebraskan completing the online, shared application to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Kearney, or University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Canines lead the Fall Festival parade entry for the NCTA Stock Dog Club. (NCTA photo)
NCTA is small town, USA Wednesday, September 23, 2020

By Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.  

Happiness really is small town living. As newcomers to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, Fay and I were able to experience the theme of this year’s Fall Festival in the Curtis City Park.  As we took in many of the weekend festivities, we agreed that we are truly blessed to be living in Curtis where we can experience small town living at its best.

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NCTA Aggie Rodeo athletes include (from left): Nathan Burnett, Shelton; Alexxandra Malchow, Beatrice; Emma Hollenback, Ewing; Wyatt Colman, O’Neill; Wyatt Ohlman, Gibbon; Savannah Beck, Holdrege; Ryan Smith, Ragan; Emma Bassler, Blair; and Bryce Tobiassen, Hildreth. Aggie rodeo competes next at Fort Dodge, Iowa. (Photo by Mary Crawford/NCTA)
NCTA Aggies place in rodeo opener Monday, September 21, 2020

Sept. 21, 2020

By NCTA News

NORTH PLATTE – Four veteran cowboys from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis placed in rodeo action over the weekend at North Platte in the season openers hosted by Mid-Plains Community College.

NCTA was represented by six athletes in the first of three contests for the 2020 fall season in the Great Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).   

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Trey Barnhart, McCook, watches NCTA Aggie teammate Kaden Bryant, Firth, take aim in Lincoln on Sunday. (Photo provided by Kaden Bryant)
NCTA Shotgun Sports competes at Midlands Monday, September 21, 2020

Sept. 21, 2020

By NCTA News

LINCOLN – A returning athlete joined by four new teammates with the Aggie Shotgun Sports Team from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture competed over the weekend in a 10-college meet hosted by Midland University at the Lincoln Trap and Skeet Club.  

Aggie coach Alan Taylor said 130 students entered the contest of five events:  sporting clays, skeet, super skeet, double skeet, and trap shooting.

NCTA sophomore Colby Mitchell of Burwell led the Aggies with high overall team score of 363 points.

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Construction work at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture includes installation of drainage pipes and a new sidewalk near the Student Union, and old steam line replaced between East and West Traditional residence halls. (M. Crawford photos / NCTA)
Campus digs in on Fall projects Monday, September 14, 2020

Sept. 14, 2020

By NCTA News                                              

Orange plastic fencing and construction equipment is a common scene this fall at the NCTA campus.

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The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis began classes August 24. Academic groups such as the Student Technicians of Veterinary Medicine Association reorganized for the 2020-21 school year, able to assemble outdoors as a group since NCTA is in the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department’s Phase 4 status. (Student photo by Jordan Ramsdell)
NCTA greets larger freshmen class Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Sept. 8, 2020

The freshmen class of students arriving this fall at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis increased 20% from a year ago with 102 new, fulltime freshmen.

They join a doubling of fulltime transfer students who now number 20, along with 96 returning second- and third-year Aggies for a total of 218 fulltime students seeking an associate degree.

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Sophie Nutter is an agribusiness management major at NCTA. (Stinman photo / NCTA News)
Career path found at ag campus Thursday, September 3, 2020

Sept. 3, 2020

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Originally, Sophie Nutter of Ragan, Nebraska was going to study elementary education. She enrolled in two different colleges, trying to find the “right fit.”

Then, in her third year as an education major, she discovered another career avenue. One that met her passion.

A classmate from Wilcox-Hildreth High School invited Nutter to explore programs at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

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NCTA’s veterinary technician program prepares graduates for careers in animal care through their hands-on skills such as assisting NCTA professor and veterinarian Dr. Ricky Sue Barnes in surgery. (Mary Crawford / NCTA News)
NCTA grads top charts in career earnings Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Sept. 1, 2020

CURTIS, Neb. – A two-year ag college in Nebraska has been ranked top in the nation for its graduates’ career success and earnings, according to a personal finance website.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis was ranked No. 1 for career earnings by its Aggie alumni 10 years post-graduation, reported WalletHub.com.

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