Department COVID-19 Updates:
NCTA COVID-19 Response CARES ACT
Classes at NCTA are cancelled March 13 and next week from March 16-20, followed by the regularly scheduled Spring Break. Classes will resume March 30. (NCTA file photo)
NCTA remains open for business Friday, March 13, 2020

March 12, 2020

Dear NCTA Community,

As the spread of COVID-19 continues rapidly, we are taking several additional steps to help protect the NCTA community and our broader community.

NCTA has cancelled classes, tomorrow, March 13, as well as from March 16-20. The NCTA campus, including housing and dining services, will remain open from March 13 to the end of Spring Break (March 23-29).

Students who are enrolled and engaged in internships should continue to report to work as agreed upon with their internship provider.

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Animal science students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture engage with employers about their careers such as on this feedlot tour in 2019. (NCTA file photo)
Engaging in ag at NCTA Tuesday, March 10, 2020

March 11, 2020

NCTA Dean’s Message

By Interim Dean Kelly Bruns, Ph.D.

We have another very busy week on campus for our students and the entire community.

Aggie faculty and staff at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are engaging students and our public in unique contests or educational opportunities beyond our spring semester class schedule.

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Crops judging includes plant identification and practicum tests. NCTA’s team won the 2-year division on Saturday in Curtis. (Ramsdale / NCTA photo)
NCTA wins crops contest Tuesday, March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – An all-Nebraska team of Aggie students is tops in their field.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis won the top crops judging team among their two-year college cohorts Saturday in a Crops Judging Contest hosted at NCTA.

A four-student team of Ethan Aschenbrenner and Tyler Aschenbrenner, brothers from Scottsbluff, Chase Callahan of Farnam, and Amy Lammers of Axtell are sophomores at NCTA.

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The NCTA Shotgun Sports Team competed in Lincoln last weekend and travels this Saturday to Hays, Kansas. (Photo by Alan Taylor / NCTA)
Aggies take aim at sporting clays Tuesday, March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – The Aggie Shotgun Sports Team opened its 2020 season over the weekend with five members traveling to Lincoln.

Coach Alan Taylor said the students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis compete next on Saturday (March 14) at Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

Colby Mitchell of Burwell was high overall for the NBCTA team with a total score of 349 out of 400 in sporting clays, skeet, trap and double trap events.

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The Aggie Ranch Horse gathers near the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in 2018. Three candidates in consideration to become the next dean of NCTA will present seminars in their respective public forums March 11, 16 and 19. (NCTA Ranch Horse Team photo)
Second NCTA dean candidate visit is March 16 Monday, March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020

By NCTA News

The second of three candidates being considered for the position of dean at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis will present a public seminar on Monday.

The public is invited to attend the 3:45 p.m. seminar to be presented on March 16 by Dr. Clyde Cranwell of Hays, Kansas.

The seminar will be in the auditorium of the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center, followed by a public reception at 5:30 p.m., said Tiffany Heng-Moss, who leads the 12-member NCTA Dean Search Committee.

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Viewing the sunsets seen in Costa Rica was one of many rich experiences for NCTA students in a winter session study trip. (Photo by Chrissy Starkey)
Safari Club makes learning international Monday, March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020

By Nicole Wright and Mary Crawford, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – The Safari Club of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture traveled to Costa Rica during NCTA’s Winter Break in January.

Six students in the Veterinary Technology Division, home to the NCTA Safari Club, presented class reports before a campus audience in February.

Ten faculty, alumni and friends joined the six students for the adventure, explained Judy Bowmaster Cole, Veterinary Technology instructor and Safari Club sponsor.

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NU Vice President Mike Boehm updates NCTA Statewide and Community Advisory partners in January, 2019. (Crawford / NCTA News Photo)
Engaging our NCTA Community Thursday, March 5, 2020

March 5, 2020

NCTA Dean’s Message

By Interim Dean Kelly Bruns, Ph.D.

Our Curtis and campus community is moving into another exciting chapter of 2020!

This month we will have opportunity to meet three finalist candidates for the position of dean at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

We look forward to welcoming these three educators to our unique campus.

Here, we have opportunity to provide a direct overview of the technical programs for our Aggie students in agriculture, agribusiness and veterinary technology.

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Beginning Wednesday, NCTA campus and stakeholders are invited to meet the three candidates interviewing to be the next dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. In this 2017 photo, Aggie clubs, teams and faculty are gathered at Ag Hall.(Craig Chandler / University Communication)
First NCTA dean candidate visit is March 11 Tuesday, March 3, 2020

March 3, 2020

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Larry A. Gossen, Ph.D., a candidate being considered as the new Dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will visit Curtis on Wednesday, March 11 for a seminar and public reception.

Dr. Gossen currently is a State FFA Advisor with the Nebraska Department of Education, and is based in Lincoln. His career in agriculture education and FFA organizations spans over 40 years in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Nebraska.

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Nebraska State FFA officers attended a District 11 FFA contest in January at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (Photo by Annie Bassett / NCTA)
Celebrating FFA Week and 4-H Month Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Feb. 26, 2020

NCTA Dean’s Message

By Interim Dean Kelly Bruns, Ph.D.

CURTIS, Neb. – Happy FFA Week from our Aggie campus! And, a salute to Nebraska 4-H Month, too!

Programs educating youth for futures in agriculture are highest of priorities for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. National FFA Week is observed Feb. 22-29.

One of the strongest areas of leadership development and career exploration for Nebraska youngsters begins long before they arrive to campus and become NCTA Aggies.

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Two NCTA Aggie Livestock Judging Teams competed recently at the Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic in Kearney. The freshmen and sophmore students are coached by Dr. Doug Smith. The students are named in the news article. (Photo by Smith / NCTA)hoto)
Aggies judge cattle at NC Classic Sunday, February 23, 2020

Feb. 23, 2020

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Beef cattle evaluation holds great appeal for 10 Aggie students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

“Our students engaged in a highly competitive contest at the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Beef Cattle Judging Contest in Kearney recently,” said Doug Smith, livestock judging coach, and professor of animal science and agriculture education.

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