Aggie Rodeo Association
All students on campus have the opportunity to become active members of the Aggie Rodeo Association. The purpose of the Association is to support the College Rodeo Team, as well as, participate in and attend livestock shows, roping club events, and help sponsor a high school rodeo.
Aggie Rodeo Association members, who join the National Inter-Collegiate Rodeo Association, are eligible to become NCTA College Rodeo Team members and compete with the team in the NIRA Great Plains Region. The Great Plains Region includes 2 and 4 year colleges from North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This region usually sanctions 10 rodeos per school year, with points earned counting toward the college finals held in Casper, Wyoming, each June.
Athletics/College Wide Activities
General activities are provided on a regular basis for the enjoyment and social development of NCTA students. A gymnasium, weight room, and athletic field are provided for an adequate recreational program which includes sports such as basketball, volleyball, and 6 person football. Intramural programs are open to all students regardless of ability. Anyone interested in Varsity athletics may join the NCTA Aggie Basketball and Volleyball teams.
Membership in the Business Club is offered to all NCTA students with an interest in business, regardless of their major. Through such means as guest speakers and business visitation, the Business Club promotes an increased awareness of business activities in our economy and offers students the opportunity to establish a network of business contacts with area business. Further, the Business Club promotes enhanced communications among students interested in agriculture business.
Affiliated with the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association, Nebraska Cattlewomen, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, this organization’s mission is to alert members of current beef industry related issues. Beef industry leaders are invited to speak at meetings. Members tour area beef facilities and attend the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association Convention.
NCTA made history in the spring of 2005 when 27 students voted to pass a charter to form the first and only Collegiate FFA chapter in the state of Nebraska. The club has an extensive program of activities including plans to work with local high school chapters with activities, help those students fill out proficiencies and state degrees, work on fundraising for the new NCTA dorms, help with workshops at Chapter Officer Leadership Training, coordinate pre-state practice contests for local chapters and much more. Collegiate FFA allows members opportunities for professional growth, leadership development and service through a national website, travel opportunities and local projects.
Collegiate 4-H Club
This club provides an opportunity for all students to continue their interest in 4-H activities by not only helping the local 4-H clubs, and assisting at the county fair but also in attending regional college 4-H meetings and expanding leadership skills.
Farm Bureau Club
The Farm Bureau Club at NCTA is for any student interested in agriculture. The primary goal of the club is to educate students on the important issues facing agriculture in Nebraska and the US. Students are also exposed to the process of developing agricultural policy and the role of Farm Bureau in the policy development process. Club activities include: guest speakers that highlight issues that are important to farmers and ranchers; field trips to learn more about the agricultural industry in Nebraska; and attending the annual Nebraska Farm Bureau meeting each December and the Young Farmers and Ranchers conference each January. The club is supported by Nebraska Farm Bureau.
Students enrolled in the Horticulture Systems major are members of the Horticulture Club, however, any student enrolled at NCTA is welcome to join. Activities include a winter plant sale, a spring vegetable and annual sale, campus landscaping projects, and potential for –hire landscaping projects. These fundraising activities help pay for students to attend professional meetings, seminars, and workshops. Horticulture Club also participates in PLANET Student Career Days each spring.
NCTA Aggie Varsity Teams
Competition is scheduled with other independent colleges and primarily non-scholarship schools. A full schedule of both volleyball and basketball games are played each season. Several tournaments in each sport have been added to improve the level of competition for the squads. Traveling to South Dakota, Kansas, and Colorado to compete with comparable schools is a fringe benefit to the teams.
Intercollegiate Equestrian Team
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) was developed to allow student riders of any skill level or economic background to be able to compete and succeed at their own levels of skill and experience. There are classes designed on specific experience levels from Beginner Walk-Trot to Open, in four disciplines - hunter equitation, equitation over fences, western horsemanship and reining. College horse shows are like “meets,” with all teams from the region invited to compete against each other simultaneously. The national average region includes about eleven colleges, 225 total riders and competes in 8.6 horse shows per year. There are now 23 regions and 8 zones, encompassing 44 states, 5000 riders and 250 teams.
Teams do not move horses to shows. Riders from all colleges ride horses provided by the host college, drawing lots for mounts. Riders utilize whatever tack happens to be on the horse they’ve drawn. There is no schooling time; riders mount, adjust stirrups and ride in before the judge.
Intercollegiate Livestock Judging
NCTA is committed to excellence in the area of collegiate livestock judging. For those students interested in allocating the time and effort necessary for successful completion of this program, the benefits by far exceed knowledge acquired in form to function analysis of livestock. Leaders in the institution and livestock industry are aware this program is the most thorough training in the decision making process educators in any field have developed. Additional personal enhancement benefits developed in this program include commitment, self-confidence, perseverance, concentration and mental toughness, teamwork, and communications skills. As a result students completing this program are better prepared to meet life’s challenges and are highly sought after by employers. Additionally, the educational benefit of traveling, interacting with producers of quality livestock, and competing in national contests provide students with valuable information and knowledge not always available in classroom settings. This program is available to any full time NCTA student and all highly motivated individuals are encouraged to enroll in the program.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is an honorary society whose purpose is that academic excellence among community and junior college students may be nurtured; that opportunity may be provided for leadership training; that an intellectual climate may be promoted for an interchange of ideas and ideals; and that scholars may be imbued with desire for continuing education. Membership is earned by qualifications, honor, and service.
Ranch Horse Team
Ranch Horse Team is affiliated with American Stock Horse Association (ASHA). ASHA has a collegiate division with a College National Finals and has a strong commitment to education. There are 25 colleges and universities in the association with more joining every day. NCTA was one of the original founding institutions of ASHA Collegiate Division. ASHA has three different rider skill levels so that each individual is competing against their own skill level whether you are a beginning rider or an accomplished rider. Most shows start with a training session. NCTA competes in approximately 8 shows a year, mostly in the spring. Besides showing horses, team members go through various horse training workshops to improve your skills in showing horses. Students do not need to have a horse or show horses to join the team.
Safari Club is offered to any NCTA student and is intended for those students with an exotic animal, wildlife or ecological interest. With the guidance of the instructor, students plan an educational trip to learn more about exotic animals. Prior to this trip, the “safari” students set educational goals and compile research pertinent to their trip. A presentation, open to the public, is developed following the experience. There is limited enrollment.
The purpose of the Student Senate is to promote unity, harmony, and fellowship between students, campus organizations, faculty, staff, and college administration. Regular meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month and special meetings are called when necessary. At meetings, Student Senate members discuss topics of concern. All campus activities are coordinated through the Student Senate. The Student Senate makes suggestions to improve student life on campus.
STVMA (Student Technicians of Veterinary Medicine) (Vet Tech Club)
STVMA is a student run organization designed to help students prepare for active participation in state and national technician organizations. As a member of STVMA, students will enjoy social, educational, and community service activities. Membership and participation is required to be in the Vet Tech Program.
Women in Ag.
NCTA Women in Ag is open to all first and second year students in any major. The purpose of this organization is to promote women in agriculturally oriented areas of study and ag-related jobs upon graduation. Members have the opportunity to attend the Women in Ag Conference held in Kearney. Guest speakers will present information of various topics ranging from personal and social issues to professional interests.