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CURTIS, Neb. – Aggie graduates at Curtis have high earnings after 10 years in the workforce, a national financial report says, when reviewing salaries of graduates from Nebraska’s two-year colleges.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, which is the only two-year campus of the University of Nebraska system, topped the analysis done by Zippia.com.

“Using the most recent College Scorecard data, we looked at the junior colleges in each state with the highest average earners 10 years after entry,” Heidi Cope wrote in the online report at https://bit.ly/2npOhNn, a shortened link to the Zippia web site.

The national review is the second consecutive year for NCTA at the top rating of workforce salaries compared to the cost of an associate degree program evaluated among Nebraska’s two-year colleges.

NCTA focuses on technical workforce development, primarily from its four academic divisions:  agribusiness management, agronomy and agricultural mechanics, animal science and agricultural education, or veterinary technology. Some students stay a third year for a double major.

“Aggie graduates appreciate the opportunities they have to earn a high-quality, affordable associate degree which prepares for success in their chosen industries,” said Ron Rosati, college dean.

Whether studying careers such as agricultural production, irrigation technology or agribusiness, Rosati said Aggie graduates know they will be skilled employees with staying power.

Job placement is nearly 100 percent, Rosati said.

“Our faculty receives dozens of telephone calls from employers searching for NCTA graduates. The strong demand from employers is additional evidence of the skills of our students. ”

Federal government data from College Scorecard is used in the analysis by Zippia to analyze graduate salaries 10 or more years after graduation.

Nebraska results show NCTA graduates have average annual earnings of $43,700 and college costs of $11,068, as reported by College Scorecard, a U.S. Department of Education web site.

“We are pleased to again receive this third-party recognition of the quality and affordability of an NCTA degree, as measured by the long-term, documented success of our students after they enter the workforce,” Rosati said.

When NCTA classes begin August 20, students will pay $131.50 per credit hour, regardless of residency.

The affordability, excellent faculty and hands-on learning with the college’s farm, livestock and teaching resources draws students nationally.

“Students from rural areas as well as from large cities are attracted to a small, friendly college where they can bring their horses and dogs to live nearby campus too,” said Jennifer McConville, associate dean.

NCTA expects about 300 students arriving in the coming week, joining a community of 920 residents.

See ncta.unl.edu for more information.  See this article online at: https://go.unl.edu/8ix2

CURTIS, Neb. – An ag educator knows what it takes to attract young minds into an agricultural career.

The newest college recruiter for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis is Juliana Krotz Kroeger, who majored in agricultural education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Kansas native whose family farmed along the Nebraska-Kansas border joined the NCTA staff in June as the assistant recruiting coordinator.

She joins Emily Griffiths on the NCTA outreach team.

“Juliana’s experience in student outreach coupled with her enthusiasm and passion for agricultural education will be extremely valuable as she connects with prospective student groups across the state,” said Griffiths, NCTA recruiting coordinator.

“She has a deeply-rooted understanding of the important role that agriculture and veterinary technology careers contribute to the industry and workforce of Nebraska,” Griffiths added.

Kroeger was a student teacher at Adams Central High School in Hastings last fall, before graduating with high distinction from UNL’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Her minor was in animal science.

Still part of the University of Nebraska system on the NCTA Aggie team, Kroeger speaks to high school students about a variety of career opportunities in NCTA’s two-year degree programs in agriculture or veterinary technology.

“I am really excited to share my passion for agriculture and education with students and encouraging them to pursue a degree beyond high school,” Kroeger says.

When school sessions start later this month, she will be on the front lines visiting high schools or college fairs.

“It’s during that outreach I share about NCTA’s great programs and career opportunities, both in urban and rural settings.”

She is setting up her outreach schedule now by contacting agricultural educators, guidance counselors and college fairs organizers.

Agriculture and youth are topics she knows well after her career at Republic County High School in        Belleville, Kansas where she was an FFA officer for three years.

“I am excited to use my connections with Nebraska and Kansas agriculture teachers to help communicate and recruit quality students for NCTA,” Kroeger says.

NCTA outreach includes staffing the NCTA booth at the Nebraska State Fair, Husker Harvest Days and then Ak-Sar-Ben, all events in the Grand Island area.

Kroeger’s NCTA office is located nearby at Dannebrog where, in her free time, she assists her husband in the family farm enterprise.

Griffiths and Kroeger are dividing outreach opportunities between western and eastern Nebraska locations, and in surrounding states, which includes a continued presence at the National FFA Convention.

Kroeger’s collegiate career at UNL has prepared her well for national outreach, including highlights of receiving her American FFA degree in 2015, serving as a Nebraska Wheat Board student ambassador, working with the CASNR Ag Education and Tractor Restoration clubs, and being a CASNR student ambassador.

To contact Kroeger or Griffiths, see ncta.unl.edu or call 1-800-3CURTIS.

See the full article online here:  https://go.unl.edu/570x

CURTIS, Neb. – The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is dedicated to offering the best educational experience possible to our Aggie students.

Essential to our goal of ensuring student success in their classes and collegiate experience is a regular assessment and review of NCTA’s academic quality.

In 2017, we started a five-year rotation of program review through NCTA’s five academic divisions starting with NCTA’s Agronomy and Agricultural Mechanics Division.

Nationally, we know that our agronomy program has been top notch in recruiting and teaching students for an award winning crops judging team. Aggie teams have been national champions among two-year colleges three years consecutively.

Agronomy professor and crops judging team coach Brad Ramsdale encourages students to excel in their academic and career goals. As a one-professor department, Dr. Ramsdale teaches a variety of courses for students majoring in agronomy and also in diversified agriculture (a combination of agronomy, livestock and agribusiness).

After NCTA graduation from the agronomy division, students are fully prepared to become certified crops consultants and agronomists, producers in their own farming enterprises, and skilled individuals for continued degrees in agriculture.

Dalon Koubek of North Platte was on that award-winning crops judging team taking first-place honors this year in the individual competition, as well.  He graduated with honors in May, and will be resuming studies this fall at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to earn his bachelor of science.

Over the summer, Dalon worked with the UNL department of agronomy in Lincoln, helping with wheat harvest on Nebraska’s research plots across the state. He says his academic program which started at NCTA may eventually lead him into research or work with Nebraska Extension.

Teammates on the championship crops team are pursing bachelor’s degrees or have entered fulltime employment with their associate of science degree as crops consultants.

The caliber of these students and the agronomy program at NCTA is outstanding. And, the program success is reinforced by input from agronomy industry advisory groups, employers of Aggie graduates, student surveys and the formal review process conducted every six years.

A self-study done in 2017 and advisory input from 2018 looks at all aspects of a program from goals, curriculum, faculty and student learning outcomes, resources in the classrooms, laboratories and NCTA farm, to program enrollment, retention and graduation rates.

Our focus at NCTA is student success. We prioritize opportunities for students in the classroom, as well as off-site through partnerships with our industry stakeholders.

Students in agronomy and agricultural mechanics are fortunate to have outstanding activities on campus, on field trips, in student clubs, with internships, and resources from industry supporters and companies including with our counterparts at University of Nebraska campuses, research facilities and extension sites.

One example is coming up next Wednesday as Nebraska Extension personnel from Frontier County and the West Central Research and Extension Center at North Platte host the Third Annual Agronomy Youth Field Day here at NCTA.

Dr. Ramsdale and these partners will lead youngsters ages 9-18, as well as adult participants, in a full day of hands-on learning in agronomy-related topics. We hope you will plan to attend this free workshop, which includes the noon meal.

Registration is due by Friday to https://go.unl.edu/iog5.

Come and get your hands in the soil and plants of crop science and irrigation on August 8. Enjoy exploring careers and all of the ways that NCTA and Nebraska Extension make learning fun!



Aug. 3 – Summer Session ends

Aug. 8 – Agronomy Youth Field Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., NCTA

Aug. 17-19 – New Student Orientation, Welcome Weekend

Aug. 20 – Fall Semester begins

CURTIS, Neb. – Youngsters love bugs.  And, growing things. And, usually, playing in the dirt.

They can do all three and much more during the Third annual Agronomy Youth Field Day on Wednesday, August 8 in Curtis.

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are organizing the event together.

“We have had a great turnout by youth the past two year, and lots of fun with hands-on learning activities,” said Brad Ramsdale, Ph.D., NCTA agronomy professor.

“This year we have added speakers and resources from Nebraska Extension,” said the coach of NCTA’s three-time champion crops judging team.   

Crop science is more than just plants growing in soil. For Nebraska’s food and feed producers, it means a blend of STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Much of the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. sessions at NCTA focus on career opportunities and the benefits of lifelong STEM knowledge.

Getting their hands into science and agronomy, irrigation and mechanized agriculture will be fun and interesting, said Kathy Burr, Nebraska Extension educator based in Frontier County.

The field day isn’t just for youngsters in 4-H or other youth programs, Burr said.  Parents, club leaders or other adults are encouraged to register for the free field day, too.

Topics and hands-on activities for youth will feature:  plant, weeds, insect identification; irrigation, soil erosion, soil types, agricultural equipment, and careers in crops science and agronomy.

After spending the day in the field or crops laboratory at the college campus, students should have a better understanding of what, exactly, the word “agronomy” is all about, Ramsdale said.

Lunch will be provided. Registration is online for both youth and adults, and is requested by August 3 at:


CURTIS, Neb. – A college recruiter’s nationwide career in the cattle industry is a bonus at the “ag college” in Curtis.

Cattle genetics, livestock shows and beef education for consumers create an ideal skill set in outreach and marketing for Emily Griffiths, recently named recruiting coordinator at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis.                                                                       

The University of Nebraska’s sole two-year institution hired Griffiths, a national beef cattle judge and agribusiness owner, in June.  Her office is located at the NCTA Welcome Center in the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center.

“We are thrilled to have Emily join us at NCTA overseeing our student recruitment efforts,” said Jennifer McConville, associate dean.

“Her career in agriculture business and livestock marketing fits quite well with the academic programs of NCTA. She will relate very well with students seeking careers in agriculture and veterinary technology programs.”

Griffiths, a native of Indiana, leads a 2-person recruiting team which includes Juliana Krotz, a recent agricultural education graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The pair are transitioning into their new duties as Tina Smith, previous NCTA recruiting coordinator, steps into her new role as NCTA admissions coordinator.

“These individuals create a very strong Student Services team in the college’s recruiting and admissions programs,” McConville said.

Griffiths is responsible for NCTA’s strategic outreach and recruiting programs which include coordinating NCTA presence at college fairs, high school classrooms and agricultural industry conferences in Nebraska.

The recruiting duo will also conduct regional and national outreach at FFA conventions, livestock expositions and ag industry conferences.

Griffiths has extensive agricultural industry experience. She has an associate degree in applied science from Black Hawk College in Galva, Illinois, and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Western Illinois University.

She is a co-owner and manager of 3G Ranch in Indiana, was the director of public relations and consumer marketing with the Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation, and served as livestock manager of the Indiana State Fair.  Most recently she has worked with Baldridge Bros. in North Platte.

“I look forward to cultivating awareness with prospective students who are starting or continuing their academic career about the high quality, affordable education offered by NCTA,” Griffiths said. “The college has a national reputation for producing graduates who are in high demand by cutting-edge industries.”