College professors from the University of Nebraska-Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis will offer plant propagation and pesticide certification courses in North Platte starting Jan. 13-14.“For the first time with fulltime faculty as instructors, NCTA is coordinating these semester classes with our University of Nebraska partner at the West Central Research and Extension Center,” said Scott Mickelsen, Ph.D, NCTA associate dean. “We want to bring this valuable information to high school students and any adults interested in continuing education.”
The college-credit classes begin Monday, Jan. 13, and Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the WCREC Auditorium, 402 West State Farm Road, North Platte.
High school students may be eligible for both high school and college credits, referred to as “dual credit” through their high school where scholarships are available.
Plant propagation offers 3 college credit-hours taught by Tee Bush, NCTA horticulture instructor, and consists of plant cuttings, budding, grafting, layering and propagation by seed. The course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays for 16 weeks, January 14 to May 1, from 6-8 p.m.
Brad Ramsdale, Ph.D, NCTA assistant professor of agronomy, will teach pesticide certification which prepares individuals for taking the commercial/non-commercial applicator’s license exam in turf and ornamental horticulture. The weekly class, providing 1 college credit, will be Mondays, from 6-8 p.m. The course begins January 13, and concludes March 10.
“The courses offer good foundational knowledge for horticulture, overall,” Ramsdale said. “Students can use the courses for college elective units, and the general public may want to learn more about pest problems in general, particularly for ornamental plants and turf management.”
Information is available from NCTA, Lincoln County Extension Service, and WCREC, said Mickelsen. Enrollment is a two-step process:
1. Applications are due by Jan. 8. The online application for NCTA admission is at http://ncta.unl.edu.
2. Register for the course by contacting Vicky Luke at (308) 367-5204 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Course tuition will be $116 per credit hour for the general public, and $43.75 for high school students. For financial aid, contact Vicky Luke.
Specific questions about course content and requirements can be directed to Tee Bush, (308) 367-5226 or email@example.com, or Brad Ramsdale, (308) 367-5225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.