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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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The Nebraska Agricultural Educators Association 2017 annual meeting at Kearney gathered alumni and future ag teachers from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. Fourteen NCTA alumni will be teaching in Nebraska ag and FFA programs this fall. (NCTA photo)
NCTA Aggies are educators Thursday, June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

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

Graduates of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are applying skills and knowledge gained through their NCTA experiences in successful careers.

That know-how includes employment in Nebraska high school classrooms and laboratories with agricultural education and FFA programs. And, some are leading 4-H youth through Nebraska Extension, coordinating county programs with local 4-H councils and extension educators.

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Kayla Mues of Cambridge plans to be an Ag Ed teacher and FFA advisor, like Dr. Doug Smith, one of her mentors and professors at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (Crawford / NCTA News)
NCTA graduate's goal is Ag Ed and FFA Tuesday, June 2, 2020

June 2, 2020

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Future teacher Kayla Mues comes from a long line of agriculturalists.

The fourth-generation graduate of Cambridge High School says her roots on a family farm and ranch led to wide-ranging interests and leadership roles in FFA and 4-H.

“Agriculture is always flowing in my blood,” says Mues, the oldest of six grandchildren. “Growing up, I was always the teacher for my brother and cousin.”

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Anna Whyman, a native of Palmyra and animal science graduate, is giving virtual tours of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture campus plus conversations with NCTA faculty and staff. (McConville / NCTA photo)
More ag in store at NCTA for June Tuesday, May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

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

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is gaining traction this final week of May in preparation for a busy month of June ahead.

Field crops and livestock work on the NCTA Farm is progressing, and annual campus maintenance projects are underway in preparation for summer programs.

We have initiatives underway now for new students through virtual tours and enrollment days on June 9 and July 7, plus several events for the third week of June.

Virtual Campus Tours

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The Aggie Alumni Association represents alumni from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and its predecessor college, the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture. The group will meet on June 26, 2021 in Curtis.
Aggie Alumni reunion moved to 2021 Tuesday, May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

By NCTA News

The Aggie Alumni Association reunion for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture has been postponed until next year.

College alumni from NCTA and its predecessor institution the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture (UNSTA) had planned to meet June 27 at the NCTA campus.

“While we would like to gather in 2020, that isn’t possible right now,” said Aggie Alumni board chair Ann Bruntz of Friend. “Our alumni board of directors who hail from all across Nebraska felt it is best to wait until 2021.”

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Jocelyn Kennicutt put on her cap and gown to watch her virtual commencement from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (Courtesy photo)
NCTA Aggies of 2020 unique class, year Sunday, May 10, 2020

May 10, 2020

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – The NCTA Aggie graduating class of 2020 will never forget their final two months of college or their virtual commencement on May 7.

A Wednesday night awards program and Thursday afternoon graduation from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis punctuated a two-month stretch of remote learning for their associate degrees.

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Shayla Woracek, far right, valedictorian of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Class of 2019 joins three classmates. (NCTA photo)
Salute to Aggie graduates and students Tuesday, May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020

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

Thursday (May 7) is graduation day at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

While we could not hold a public graduation ceremony in Curtis this year with our students, we are saluting them on Thursday with a virtual graduation that is posted on our website at NCTA.UNL.EDU.

The ceremony for the Class of 2020 features messages from our students, University of Nebraska Vice President Mike Boehm, and Aggie Alumni Association President Ann Bruntz of Friend.

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University of Nebraska President Ted Carter last week records his commencement message to graduates at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. An ideal recording location was the arboretum on NU's East Campus. (UNL photo)
NCTA virtual graduation is May 7 Tuesday, May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Nearly 120 degrees and certificates will be conferred May 7 through an online commencement at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Students will be recognized for associate degrees and program certificates in a prerecorded ceremony scheduled for viewing at 2 p.m. C.T., said Kelly Bruns, PhD, interim dean of NCTA.

In addition to remarks by University of Nebraska President Ted Carter, Vice President Mike Boehm, and Regent Bob Phares, individual messages have been recorded by faculty to each graduate.

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Dr. Larry Gossen has been named the new dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. He begins his duties on June 15. (Courtesy photo)
Gossen chosen as dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Monday, April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020

Lincoln, Neb. – Dr. Larry Gossen, a trusted and effective leader and educator in the field of agricultural education, has been selected as the next dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb.

Gossen will succeed Ron Rosati, who retired in August of 2019 after six years at the college. Kelly Bruns, director of the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, has served as interim dean.

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Scott Taylor of Curtis, left, and Chase Callahan of Farnam, right, each received a Sylvia Clawson/Hecht Scholarship presented last fall by NCTA Interim Dean Kelly Bruns. (NCTA photo)
Clawson scholarships to Taylor, Callahan Thursday, April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. _ Sylvia Clawson Scholarships were awarded last fall to Scott Taylor of Curtis and Chase Callahan of Farnam for their final year of studies at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

The pair each received $2,500 in the ninth annual award to students from the Frontier County, Nebraska region.

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