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New technology for Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
Published: Oct. 8, 2020 at 4:14 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - A $100,000 Perkins Revision Action Grant from the Nebraska Department of Education is bringing new technology to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. This is designed to address workforce development needs and bring high level technology to the classroom for hands-on learning.

“The industry in agriculture is changing all the time and tech is one of those major changes that takes place almost daily as new tech is popping up and if we’re not training our students in the latest tech we’re not preparing them for the real world,” said Dean of NCTA Larry Gossen.

These funds will purchase a robotic welder, full-size equine simulator, a mobile agronomy demonstration unit, robotic camera for live streaming classes, and more.

“This type of a model can help us teach the procedures in a really controlled environment a really safe environment but set them up for better success when we add the live animals in which we still very much plan to do as the majority focus,” said Associate Professor at NCTA Joanna Hergenreder.

NCTA faculty says agriculture has many high-demand jobs, and is important to the economy.

“Ag careers are really important to our economy. They feed us, they clothes us, and they support and are the basis of our US economy. And without the farmers and ranchers and the agricultural background, our economy would not be stable,” said Gaylene Stinman, Enrollment Coordinator for Admissions. “So there’s always going to be jobs out there in these fields.”

These new projects will be completed by June 30, 2021. The $45 application fee will be waived for students looking to apply until October 18th. To apply go to their site at NCTA.unl.edu.

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