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CURTIS, Neb. – Now that summer is officially upon us and July is around the corner, this week we bid farewell to the 2019 group of NCTA-UNL agricultural scholars.

The 50 students from Rwanda conclude their NCTA experience on Thursday. They will return to the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources to complete a bachelor’s degree before eventually moving back home to Rwanda.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture appreciates the many fine instructors and community residents who again contributed to a highly successful initiative.

The students had a terrific seven-week experience of hands-on agricultural learning activities at the NCTA campus.

The students took classes in a variety of subject areas including animal management, agronomy, goat production, welding, construction, poultry production, swine, food processing, dairy production, small engines, horticulture, and meat processing.

Thank you to the instructors who so capably taught those courses.

We will say goodbye to the students during a Completion Celebration at 6:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center auditorium. Community residents and friends are invited to the event.

This year, the CUSP experience was coordinated by NCTA admissions director Tina Smith and Associate Dean Jennifer McConville with outstanding assistance from Jeremy Sievers, agribusiness professor, and Erika Arambula, resident life director, and Cindy Fritsche, food services director.

Our great team in NCTA food services, facilities and maintenance, campus security, and the NCTA farm went to extra measures for the project.

A huge thank you also goes to all of the support staff in each academic area, and to those in student services, business and administrative offices, and our summer student workers. Their work enables NCTA to provide outstanding year-round programming.

Backyard Farmer at NCTA


One of the segments of the popular television program from Nebraska Educational Television (NET) was filmed last week from the Curtis Community Garden on the NCTA campus. Extension Educator and NCTA professor John Porter discussed management for tomatoes.

The segment can be viewed by going to the Backyard Farmer YouTube channel and searching for the segment from June 23, 2019. And, you can view weekly segments on NET each Thursday at 7 p.m. CT.

CURTIS, Neb. – New students who will be attending the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture this fall can attend sessions on June 18 or July 16 to prepare for moving onto campus in late August.


“We are expecting 34 of our incoming students to participate in New Student Enrollment for this second session on Tuesday, June 18,” said Tina Smith, NCTA admissions coordinator.


A first NSE session was in April, and the third opportunity is July 16.


The day includes presentations by NCTA Student Services staff on what to expect as new students on campus, Smith said. Academic advising, campus tours and a student “checklist” are featured.


Students and parents follow an extensive checklist to ensure new Aggies are prepared.


Details include setting up access for personal devices and technology needs, completing forms, finalizing financial aid, and most importantly, meeting with academic advisors in a chosen field of study.


“It’s not too late to join the Aggie family. Simply complete our online application at NCTA.unl.edu,” said Smith.


“At $131.50 per credit hour our affordable tuition rate for all students is the right choice to start an education in agriculture.”


NCTA is the sole two-year campus of the University of Nebraska system. It emphasizes associate degree programs, certificates or transfer options only in agriculture or veterinary technology.


Once accepted for admission to NCTA, students are directed to New Student Enrollment details.