A bustling campus in Curtis

A bustling campus in Curtis

Autumn provides a scenic ride near the NCTA Vet Tech complex on campus. (Chandler/NCTA Photo)
Autumn provides a scenic ride near the NCTA Vet Tech complex on campus. (Chandler/NCTA Photo)

Oct. 24, 2019                                                         

NCTA Dean’s Message

By Interim Dean Kelly Bruns, Ph.D.

Our door is always open, or this week I should say the Welcome Mat is out for visitors and alumni returning to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. It may sound cliché but it’s true for our institution. Our campus is your campus.

Curtis is a small community and we have an excellent small-town newspaper in the Frontier County Enterprise.  However, sometimes our neighbors and friends miss an important event.  This week is very busy at campus particularly with visitors coming for several public events including a Flu Shot Clinic on Wednesday.

Veterinary technicians will be on campus Friday and Saturday for the 46th annual continuing education program.  Welcome back, alumni and friends!

And, the public is invited to attend as spectators or as participants in the NCTA Stock Dog Team and Outback Stock Dog Association’s competitive trials on Saturday and Sunday. Meet at the Livestock Teaching Center’s indoor arena and learn about safe and efficient handling of livestock.

NCTA at National FFA

Our plans are set for NCTA to attend the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo at the end of October in Indianapolis. Come and see us there!

NCTA’s new assistant recruiter Casey Gathje (who is also a 2010 graduate of NCTA in diversified agriculture and agronomy) is coordinating NCTA students who will be attending conference sessions. Several are receiving their American Degrees! (More about those honors next week).

Casey is preparing her display, giveaways from NCTA, and the literature (the NCTA Aggie magazine) for the booth.  We know the recruitment at National FFA is important to sharing our story with FFA students across the U.S.  Some of our out-of-state students first discovered NCTA while at the national show and expo!

Look for us Oct. 30, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the National Expo, Booth #2465.  And if you are an alumnus of NCTA, do let our team know! We have something special for you, too!

Planning your career

Agricultural careers and technical trades continue to see steady workforce demand from employers as they contact us at NCTA. Job postings for seasonal and harvest-time workers is steady along with fulltime positions in all sectors of agriculture.

On Thursday, November 7 we will again be hosting an annual career fair for our students. We expect between 25-30 companies as business representatives will line the hallways with displays at the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center on campus.

Kevin Martin of the Student Services team coordinates the event so that our students can explore career opportunities with employers.  Our Aggies will be prepared to visit with industry representatives and are encouraged to have an updated job resume ready and in hand.

Additionally, if anyone from the region is interested in stopping by and viewing the displays at the fair, please know you are welcome to join us between 9 a.m. and 12 noon.

Until next week, go Aggies!

NCTA Mission:  The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is devoted to a statewide mission of preparing students for successful careers in agriculture, veterinary technology, and related industries. The college provides open access to innovative technical education resulting in associate degrees, certificates, and other credentials

Upcoming events:

Oct. 25-26:  Vet Tech Continuing Education classes, NCTA campus 

Oct. 26-27:  Stock Dog public trials, LTC Arena

Oct. 30: Chandie’s Castle Grand Re-opening, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct. 30:  Collegiate Cattleman’s Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Extravaganza & Fundraiser, 7:30 p.m., LTC Arena

Oct. 30-Nov. 2:  92nd Annual National FFA Convention, Indianapolis

Oct. 31:  NCTA Trunk or Treat event, 6-7:30 p.m., Welcome Center parking area

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