The NCTA Aggies of 2023 commencement on May 4, 2023 at the Curtis Memorial Community Center. (Photo by Staci Blomstedt / NCTA News)
The Stellar Class of 2023 Wednesday, May 10, 2023

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. (May 17, 2023) Friends, family, and supporters filled the Curtis Memorial Community Hall with pride and anticipation as the Class of 2023 entered at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, for the NCTA Spring Commencement.

Students hailed from 13 states, including Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, California, Vermont, Virginia, New Jersey, and Minnesota.

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Celebrate the Class of 2023 at Graduation on May 4th, 2023 at the Curtis Memorial Community Center.
University President Carter to Address Class of 2023 Saturday, April 29, 2023

The Aggie Class of 2023, graduating on May 4 from the University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, will gain valuable insight from President William "Ted" Carter Jr. as the keynote commencement speaker.

Dr. Larry Gossen, NCTA dean, invites the public to share this significant milestone in the graduates' lives. "Our Aggie students cherish the community of Curtis as a big part of their NCTA experience. We are honored to hear from President Carter, Regent Kathy Wilmont, and Vice President Mike Boehm."

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NCTA students who competed in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Conference in Modesto, CA. (L-R) Ben Ochs, Jetmore, KS; Taylor Wilson, Hastings, NE; Emma Harms, Sterling, NE; Heidi Wilkerson, Mauriceville, TX; Dani Layland, Elk River, MN; Jozlyn Anderson, Plainview, NE; Haley Robb, Doniphan, NE; Codi LaBorde, Milliken, CO; Gavin Tremblay, Hoxie, KS; Nolan Buss, Stockton, KS; and Garrett Thielen, Dorrance, KS.
California Dreamin' at NACTA Tuesday, April 25, 2023

By NCTA News

Last year, NCTA hosted the North America Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, bringing students from far and wide to our region. This year, it was our turn to venture far away to Modesto Junior College in California to compete and learn at the NACTA Judging Conference.

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Vet Tech students pose with the reusable toys they invented for parrots.
Vet Tech Adventures Friday, April 21, 2023

April 17, 2023

By Noel Ochoa, Faculty Lecturer

The Spring 2023 semester has been one of action, change, and innovation for many on the NCTA campus. For myself, it started with international adventure as the NCTA Safari Club and I traveled to Costa Rica over Winter Break 2022-2023.

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NCTA Ranch Horse Team members hosted the annual Punchy In Pink Spring Round Up at the Kiplinger Arena in McCook.  From Top (L-R) Cauy Bennett, Elwood, NE; Sarah Jones, Minden, Iowa; Celeste Tanguay, Morgan, Vermont; Jack Berggren, Pleasanton, NE; and Lexi Schaffert, Aurora, NE.
Celebrating Spring Thursday, April 13, 2023

By Dean Larry Gossen, PhD

Spring has sprung! It seems like everyone I talk to is so happy to see the warmer weather arrive and ready to say goodbye to the cold. Let's leave winter behind us. I must admit, I'm still looking for those "April showers" to bring the "May flowers."

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Aggies could be found everywhere at the 95th Nebraska FFA State Convention.
NCTA Appreciates State FFA Wednesday, April 5, 2023

By Dan Stehlik, Faculty Ag Mechanics

Over 7,000 blue jackets flooded Lincoln last week for the 95th Nebraska FFA State Convention. The theme, “It’s Up to Us!” was appropriate as every contributor to Nebraska agriculture was engaged and striving for the excellence needed to build our agricultural workforce. I congratulate all who were honored and achieved their goals and, in many cases, scholarships!

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NCTA Ranch Horse Team ready for departure for the LCCC Ranch Horse Spring Round Up in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Horses Power Success Friday, March 31, 2023

By Dean Larry Gossen PhD

Educating students for careers in agriculture takes on many forms at NCTA, but increasingly they involve horses. Our Animal Science, Equine Industry Management, and Vet Tech degrees can lead to equine careers. Horse-loving students enjoy working on the Ranch Crew, caring for the campus herd, and competing on horse-centric Rodeo and Ranch Horse teams.

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NCTA Shotgun Team members (L-R) Cody Flint, Herald, CA; Nathaly Dragoo, Lincoln (social media mgr); Maddy Carr, North Platte; Gavin Tremblay, Hoxie, KS; Emily Miller, Norton, KS; and Nolan Buss, Stockton, KS. (Jennifer Miller photo credit)
Aggies Excel at Nationals Monday, March 20, 2023

March 20, 2023

By NCTA News

What a week it was for the NCTA Curtis Aggies Shotgun Sports Team competing in the National Collegiate Shooting Sports Athletic Association Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Emily Miller of Norton, KS, earned the Highest Overall Women 1st, Double Skeet 1st, Double Trap 2nd, Super Sporting 1st, Skeet 2nd, and Sporting Clay 1st. Cody Flint of Herald, CA, placed 3rd in Trap, in a tie-breaker among six competitors shooting perfect scores.

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The Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.
Every Week is Ag Week Tuesday, March 21, 2023

March 20, 2023 


Dean's Column by Larry Gossen, PhD

 Teaching the next generation of farmers and ranchers has been the mission of NCTA since its creation 110 years ago as a high school. Founded as the Nebraska School of Agriculture, this model resembles what is known today as a magnet school: serving a particular field of study and addressing the demands of a changing world.

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Future Aggies enjoyed Discovery Days, vet techs celebrated precious days with friends before they embarked on internships, and competitive teams shined last week. Wishing everyone a relaxing spring break!
Spring Break Team Work Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Mar. 13, 2023

By Andela Taylor, Recruiter/Marketing Coordinator

Last year it snowed during spring break here in Curtis, resulting in a heart-warming news item and photos of students out on horseback feeding our NCTA herd, contrasting to what many college students typically do on breaks. The smiles on our students' faces while engaging in the work of caring for cattle show just what is meant when we say—"Where your passion becomes a career!"

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