Barb Berg, center, receives the Bruntz Family Teaching Award from Ann and David Bruntz, UNSTA alumni.  (NCTA News photo)
Barb Berg honored with Bruntz Family Teaching Award Wednesday, August 24, 2022

By NCTA News

On Monday, Barb Berg started the fall semester for a 44th year in the Veterinary Technology Department at the “ag school in Curtis.”

Two of those academic years were 1971-1973 when Berg was a Vet Tech student at the then-titled University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture program.

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Welcome Weekend at NCTA is August 20-21 with classes beginning Monday. These three veterinary technician students gather at campus on a pleasant August morning. (Rulon Taylor / NCTA photo)
NCTA Welcome Weekend with community Thursday, August 18, 2022

By NCTA Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Aggie students, welcome to Curtis and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture!

The message I will share this weekend as we greet new students to NCTA is one that I can deliver with utmost sincerity and first-hand experience.

The residents of Curtis and Frontier County are some of the most welcoming, hospitable people I’ve encountered in a college community.

It’s true. My wife Fay and I experienced this generosity and kindness when we first arrived at campus in June of 2020.

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Jennifer McConville's four children gathered August 13 to see her receive a doctorate in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (McConville photo)
The power of ‘yes’ Wednesday, August 17, 2022

By NCTA NEWS

Little did Jennifer McConville of Indianola know when she began a doctoral program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014 that a commencement address would mirror her own story.

“Think about the opportunities that you are given and even if you don’t feel qualified or you feel afraid of something new, you never know where the transformative power of saying ‘yes’ will lead you,” was the message which rang through the Pinnacle Bank Arena at the UNL ceremony last Saturday.

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NCTA Agronomy Professor Brad Ramsdale teaches three online classes in the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Dual Credit High School Enrollment Program. (George Hipple Photography / NCTA News)
College prep offers dual credit to high schools Tuesday, August 9, 2022

By NCTA NEWS

High school juniors and seniors can get a jump start on college academics with online dual credit courses.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture offers six classes this fall, with the semester starting Monday, August 22, said Jennifer McConville, associate dean.

“The NCTA program allows students to earn high school and college credits concurrently, at a reduced rate of $69.50 per credit hour,” McConville said. “The courses are college-level, contain the same content and rigor as other courses offered at NCTA, and may transfer to other colleges.”

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Vet Tech students stroll across campus of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture during a class break last year. Classes begin Monday, August 22. (George Hipple Photography / NCTA)
Curtis campus ready for fall semester Tuesday, August 9, 2022

By NCTA Associate Dean Jennifer McConville, Ed.D.

This week, allow me to share a note of appreciation on behalf of NCTA Dean Larry Gossen and myself to our Curtis community and the dedicated staff at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Dr. Gossen and I are both exceedingly grateful to have the opportunities we share as NCTA administrators.

Thank you to the good people of Frontier County and the community of Curtis. We appreciate our campus neighbors, area residents, businesses, churches, volunteers and service organizations.

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 A relaxing horseback ride in wide open spaces can be a healthy avenue for recreation and improving wellness through physical fitness. (Mary Crawford photo / NCTA News)
Well with the world Thursday, August 4, 2022

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

Where, oh where did the summer of 2022 go?

I find myself glancing over at the calendar to see three months have seemingly evaporated since our Aggie graduates walked down the aisle at May commencement.

The reality is that many of us will be back to school in the next two to three weeks.

Here’s my suggestion to everyone.  Give yourself a vacation.

Take one final opportunity to recharge the battery of the human body.  Get away for some rest and relaxation. Make plans to completely unplug from work.

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Jars of jellies and jams line the exhibit table last year at the Eustis Fair & Corn Show. The 2022 Frontier County Fair in Stockville now underway ends July 31. The Eustis Fair & Corn Show is Aug. 3-6. (Andela Taylor / NCTA photo)
Fun at a County Fair Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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

What is the month of July or August in Nebraska or the Midwest without taking in a county fair?

It’s fair time here in Frontier County, friends!

Our campus community is heavily involved with the whirlwind of activities at Stockville and Eustis these two weeks.

Frontier County 4-H, FFA and open class exhibitors have been working most of 2022 in preparation for one of the busiest (and most fun) times of the year.

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Aggies at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture play in the campus gym for a game in 2005. Curtis native B.J. Luke averaged 24.5 points per game that season, fifth highest average in Coach Del Van Der Werff’s 29-year career. (Photo courtesy of Vicky Luke)
Aggies to shoot hoops with Coach Friday, July 22, 2022

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Hoopsters who played college basketball for Coach Del Van Der Werff are called to the court for a reunion practice session on July 30.

The Aggie coach for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture wants to bring his players over a 29-year span back to campus for a Saturday afternoon.

“We’ll start at the Community Center at 12:45 with the players out on the gym floor by 1 p.m. to run two miles,” the coach says with a grin, adding, “Oops, I mean two laps.”

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Tzi Martinez, temporary grounds supervisor at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, cleans tree and vegetative clippings from a campus greenhouse. (Anthony Gardner / NCTA Photo)
Learning from the ground up Tuesday, July 19, 2022

By Mary Crawford, NCTA NEWS

Tzi Martinez has grit and determination to learn new skills.

When he walked in the campus facilities office to inquire about a new position posted by the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, he may have been thinking of an old proverb, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

NCTA was planning to hire a fulltime grounds supervisor, a position put on hold for several years, first by budget constraints and staffing, then Covid-19.

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Volunteers and Aggie Horticulture Club members at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture cleaned up flower beds outside of Ag Hall in November before adding new plantings. From left, Abbie Feldt, Ambur Gossen, landscape advisor; Dan Stehlik, NCTA faculty and Horticulture Club co-sponsor; Shelby Kofler, Rene’ Assels and Elie Madsen. Students are from Kemp, Texas; McCook, North Platte and Maxwell, Nebraska. (Larry Gossen / NCTA photo)
A summer checklist from campus Wednesday, July 20, 2022

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

What does an ag producer do when he/she knows triple digits or high winds are forecast?

Load the fencing pickup or the ATV sprayer before dawn and get 7 or 8 hours of work done by noon. Grind hay and spray weeds in the early-morning calm.

When it rains (a rarity in much of Nebraska this summer, unfortunately), clean the tools and shop, perform machinery maintenance, attend to bookkeeping.

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