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Eighth graders explore agriculture at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture

Courtesy of NCTA News Service

Sixty students and four administrators visited the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in late September to learn about career opportunities in areas of STEM — science, technology, engineering and math.

"It was a pleasure to host the Adams Middle School Engage class this week. It was exciting to have our Agricultural Education students work with the middle school students to learn more about Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and how we can help facilitate their future in agriculture," said Tina Smith, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture recruitment coordinator.

While on campus, the eighth graders explored agribusiness management, veterinary technology, agronomy and animal science.

Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture students shared what they are learning in four venues. At an indoor arena, Aggie students exercised horses in the advanced equitation class, while veterinary technology students were studying animal anatomy by identifying skeletons and bones in the anatomy lab.

Meanwhile, in the ag mechanics laboratory the students in Welding I were fusion welding with oxygen-acetylene torches. Agribusiness management programs were also showcased in the sessions.

Agricultural education majors at NCTA provided the tours and presentations, Smith said. The ag students are completing their second year of coursework at NCTA and will transfer in 2017 to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to complete their student teaching and degrees.

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"To round out our day, all students enjoyed an ice cream sandwich as they heard from Brenda Aufdenkamp on how they can become involved in STEM programs today through Lincoln County 4-H," Smith said. ❖

More info

NCTA will host a “Discovery Day” for prospective students who are exploring their options for college on Monday, Oct. 10. For more information or to register, see http://ncta.unl.edu/discovery-days or call Tina Smith at 1-800-3-CURTIS.