Vet Tech students in the NCTA Exotic Animal class tour the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff with their classmate Shay Nealon, far right, who is served her internship with the zoo. (Crawford / NCTA photo)
Internships, service and pancakes Wednesday, April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019

By NCTA Dean Ron Rosati, Ph.D.

 Our Aggie students are in the last week of the academic year at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Enthusiasm is high for year-end programs and graduation events on May 1 and 2.

As we prepare for final exams starting Thursday, our veterinary technology students out on internships are saying goodbye to their employers and animal care settings.

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One team of NCTA students gathered 37 Easter eggs at the Women in Ag club's night-time egg hunt on April 16. (Courtesy photo)
Women in Ag hosts first egg hunt Monday, April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019                                                    

By Jocelyn Kennicutt, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Giddy and wide-eyed, 40 NCTA students tapped into their inner child and anxiously waited for the whistle indicating that they could hunt down Easter eggs, at night, on a darkened football field.

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Horticulture Club members left, Hannah Friend of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and Rebecca Saddler of Aurora, plant seeds at the NCTA greenhouse this winter.  The club’s annual plant sale is Saturday and May 1.  (Photo by Kelly Gordon, NCTA student)
Plant sale at NCTA greenhouse Monday, April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019                                                    

By Jocelyn Kennicutt, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – The NCTA Horticulture Club will hold a 2019 Spring Plant Sale during two offerings this week and next.

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Public speaking is a life skill applied at NCTA as depicted in this file photo from 2017. Baily Holt of Bassett makes a class presentation in a ranch practicum course. He receives his associate degree May 2 in livestock management with a certificate in agribusiness. (Photo by Craig Chandler / NCTA)
NCTA to host public student speeches Monday, April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019                                                    

By Jocelyn Kennicutt, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will host a Student Speech Night on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center.

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Ivana Burgos of Grand Island has been named the Aggie of the Month for April, 2019.  She is studying veterinary technology, shown here with Char, the dog she is training in an obedience class. (Photo by J. Kennicutt / NCTA News)
Vet Tech is April’s Aggie of the Month Monday, April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019

By Jocelyn Kennicutt, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – A first-year veterinary technology and agribusiness student at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, Ivana Burgos, was recently named April’s Aggie of the Month.

Burgos is from Grand Island.

She was nominated for the student award by Professor Mary Rittenhouse, chair of NCTA’s Agribusiness Management Systems.

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Emily Giese of Papillion, a diversified agriculture student at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, and member of Women in Agriculture, prepares to load disaster donations Friday morning. WIA faculty advisor Meredith Cable is delivering supplies on behalf of the NCTA WIA Disaster Relief project. Many of these supplies were donated by a church in Gothenburg. (Photo by Jocelyn Kennicutt / NCTA News)
Aggies can lend support through serviceship jobs Friday, April 19, 2019

April 19, 2019

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Aggie students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture can assist Nebraskans with recovery efforts from the state’s devastating floods through a summer serviceship program.

The University of Nebraska, of which NCTA is a fifth campus, is now accepting employment applications for the effort that will place up to 50 NU students in communities across the state, said Ron Rosati, NCTA dean.

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RIcky Sue Barnes Wach, DVM, explains anatomy and animal skeletal structure during an animal health course at NCTA in 2018. (T. Smith / NCTA photo)
A global spin on agriculture Monday, April 15, 2019

April 15, 2019

By NCTA Dean Ron Rosati, Ph.D.

CURTIS, Neb. – The summer of 2019 will mark the second time that our small rural campus in Curtis makes a mark on the world agricultural scene.

Fifty students from Rwanda, who are now completing their first year of agriculture courses with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be engaged in hands-on learning at NU’s Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

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Severe weather with lightning hangs in storm clouds over the NCTA campus in Curtis. (Photo by Jeremy Sievers)
‘Eyes on the sky’ spotter training April 15 Thursday, April 11, 2019

April 11, 2019

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Know the difference between a funnel cloud and tornado?

The National Weather Service will present a free public seminar Monday evening in Curtis for individuals interested in becoming weather spotters.

The session will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at NCTA.

Volunteers, area residents and the campus community at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis are invited to attend the SKYWARN® Spotter training class, said Jennifer McConville, NCTA associate dean.

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NCTA cowboy Quentin Anderson of Pierce won the long go in calf roping at the South Dakota State University Jack Rabbit Stampede in Brookings, S.D. (Photo by Alex Penna)
Aggie rodeo paced by Pierce calf roper Friday, April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019 - UPDATED

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. - NCTA Aggie Rodeo teams competed April 5-6 at Brookings, South Dakota, in Great Plains Region competition of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

Athletes from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis were led by Quentin Anderson of Pierce, Nebraska as he won the long round of calf roping with a time of 11.7 seconds.

“We competed well at Brookings last weekend and next return to the other side of South Dakota,” said Coach Taylor Rossenbach.

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The NCTA Aggie Shooting Sports team, from left, Angela Crouse, Trevor Kuhn, Kaylee Hostler, David Jelken, Chase Stanley, and Coach Alan Taylor. (Jody Crouse photo)
Aggies aim takes 5th at nationals Wednesday, April 10, 2019

April 10, 2019

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – “Breaking rocks” is the aim when competing in sporting clays.

Top shots of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Shooting Sports Team recently won fifth place among junior colleges at the national championships.

Five team members each took aim at 600 targets over four days at the ACUI Collegiate Clay Targets Championships in San Antonio, Texas.

They competed with other junior colleges and first-time teams to nationals in Division Four, and won a large fifth-place trophy.

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