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Dean Ron Rosati

The two-year technical agriculture college at Curtis has gained national attention with a prestigious ranking by Forbes business magazine.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, which is part of the University of Nebraska system, was listed No. 27 among the 2017 Top 30 Two-Year Trade Schools

It is the only agricultural school to be listed.

Forbes used federal government data to do an analysis of two-year trade schools across the United States to compare how well they performed based on graduate earnings, college affordability and academic quality,” NCTA Dean Ron Rosati said.

“The colleges that made their list of ‘the best in the US’ were primarily nursing colleges and engineering technology colleges,” Rosati said. “Only one agriculture college made this list – the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.”

Carter Coudriet, the contributing writer who explained the selection methodology and the rankings in the digital edition of Forbes, wrote that this was the first time the magazine looked at two-year schools that emphasize technical skills.

Rosati announced the recognition Saturday to applause at the school’s Aggie Alumni Association annual banquet in Broken Bow.

“This assessment is the latest in a series of many documenting that NCTA provides access to outstanding academic programs in a cost-effective manner,” Rosati said. “I appreciate the creativity and hard work from the college’s faculty and staff that results in this type of student success.”

NCTA offers associate of science or associate of applied science degrees and certificates in agricultural business management, agricultural education, agricultural equipment, agronomy, animal science, equine management, horticulture, irrigation technology, veterinary technology, and welding.

Additional information is available at ncta.unl.edu or call 1-800-3CURTIS.  Links to the two articles are: Top 30 - http://bit.ly/2sGi99Y and Methodology - http://bit.ly/2rWRmt7

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/27/2017
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