The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) is partnering with Mississippi State University (MSU) on a new program.
The agreement means NCTA students can earn an Agricultural Production Systems degree with a poultry science concentration.
Ron Rosati, NCTA dean, says graduates will be ready to work in Nebraska’s growing poultry industry thanks to Mississippi State, which he says has one of the best programs in the country.
“The people are top-notch. The facilities are great,” Rosati tells Nebraska Radio Network. “In addition, they’re willing to let our students attend Mississippi State for the semester while paying resident tuition.”
NCTA students will spend their third semester attending classes at Mississippi State.
“They have all the infrastructure needed to teach a good poultry science program,” Rosati explains. “They have nine faculty experts, just in poultry, many of them with multiple decades of commercial experience in the industry.”
Rosati says Lincoln Premium Poultry in Fremont plans to offer internships and provide guest lecturers, in addition to likely hiring graduates of the program.
“Mississippi State has changed its schedule just for our students, which is just incredible,” Rosati says. “Our students can take a full semester of just poultry science, commercial poultry production, while they’re in Mississippi.”
Rosati says the associate’s degree will prepare students to work in management positions throughout the industry.
The new program will enroll its first studentst his fall.
Mary Beck, poultry science department head, spent 25 years as a faculty member at the University of Nebraska prior to taking the helm at Mississippi State.
“It is exciting to be able to partner with a college in Nebraska to help train the state’s workforce in poultry and expand agriculture in a place where I spent much of my career,” Beck said in a news release. “This is a unique partnership that should be mutually beneficial to our two institutions and states.”
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:41]