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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Jan. 27, 1975)
1 Curtis farm students in demand
Budget forms to request student fees
from Fees Allocation Board are available I
in Rm. 200 Nebraska Union. I
Forms are due Feb. 17th
Workshop to explain forms will be
held Feb. 9th, 7:00 p.m. in Union.
Room will be posted.
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Four or five job opportunities is a dream for
any college graduate, but for students at one
Nebraska school it's reality.
The School of Technical Agriculture at Curtis,
located in the rolling farmland of southwest
Nebraska, 230 miles from Lincoln, has an
enrollment of 177 men and 78 women. It also
has a waiting list for three of the six programs
offered at the school.
The Curtis school was established in 1965 by
the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and
the State Legislature. It is now under the
administration of the UNL College of Agriculture
and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural
The Curtis school offers associate degrees in
agri-business technology, machinery mechanics,
production agriculture and commercial
horticulture. Land and water and veterinary
technology degrees also are offered.
Bill Siminoe, superintendent at Curtis,
attributed the heavy demand for the school's
graduates on the available agricultural positions
"Agriculture is the primary industry in the
state," he said, "and a higher number of
technical-related agricultural jobs are opening
There has been an increase in the average age
of Nebraska farmers, Siminoe said, which makes
it possible for the graduates to go into farming
when these farmers retire. About 40 per cent of
the graduates go back to the farm, he said.
. Employers seeking these graduates are farm
equipment dealers, nurseries and other
The primary purpose m uic scnooi is
occupational," he said. Curtis maintains a job
listing for its graduates, which Siminoe said is
successful. Of the school's 630 graduates, all but
30 are working in their respective fields, he
Siminoe said the school maintains an
"open-door entrance policy" for anyone 16 years
of age and older. Instruction is evenly divided at
Curtis, with 50 per cent classroom theory and 50
per cent applied work experience.
To meet growing enrollment pressure at the
640-acre campus, construction is now in process
on a horticulture greenhouse and buildings for
production agriculture and veterinary
Siminoe said the majority of students are
from Nebraska, with 1 5 from out-of-state.
Life for students in this community of 1 ,000
persons is far from dull, according to Siminoe.
Many have part-time jobs in Curtis and others
work on neighboring farms, he said. '
A full range of intramural sports is offered at
Curtis. The school also has traveling basketball,
baseball and volleyball teams. Faculty and
students compete together in several sports,
Siminoe said, which is good for morale. A rodeo
club also sponsors spring and autumn rodeos.
Tuition is $125 per quarter. During their third
quarter, students work in jobs outside of school
for internships, he said.
The 150 students living on campus pay $305
per quarter for housing.
The Curtis school is funded through the
general fund of the University of Nebraska and
also receives some federal assistance. The budget
for the 1974 school-year was $670,000.
A study on students' images of the University Health Center is
being conducted by telephone interviews.
The Student Council on. Health, an advisory group, is
coordinating the survey. John Huscher, a UNL student and
co-chairman of the group, said the council is randomly calling
students listed in the Builders Buzz Book and questioning them on
their experiences at the health center.
"Many students have heard negative reports about the health
center through the student grapevine," Huscher said, "and the
council would like to dispel false notions and relay positive
"We would just like to get across some truth," Huscher said.
Another co-chairman, Steve Williams said the group's
suggestions would be given to the Health Center Board. He said the
board is usually receptive to ideas the student group proposes.
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