Northcentral Technical College
NTC is a customer-focused, accessible provider of innovative lifelong learning that builds a globally competitive workforce. The College’s 5,900 square mile, 10-county district includes six convenient campus locations, as well as a Public Safety Center of Excellence, a Wood Technology Center of Excellence and an Agriculture Center of Excellence.
The Agriculture Center of Excellence is a unique facility that provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the management of the herd, nutrition, crops, equipment, facilities and agri-business.
At this fully operating, 110-acre dairy farm, students receive a well-rounded real-world understanding of agriculture through working first-hand with animals, equipment and crops. The Center features a 50 stall cow barn, calf and heifer barn, agriculture equipment shop, multiple classrooms and 83 acres of tillable land.
Through an agreement with Case IH, NTC’s agriculture students are exposed to the latest equipment as they learn the art of operation and functionality on a modern farm.
The Center also houses a state-of-the-art Lely Robotic Milking Machine. Each cow at the Center is equipped with a collar containing a small computerized chip that helps identify the animal and determine if it is her turn to be milked. A predetermined feed ration is dispensed as the cow is milked, and data about the cow is then stored in the computer system.
In addition to a variety of continuing education offerings, NTC’s Agriculture Center of Excellence offers the following agricultural programs:
- Agriculture Equipment Technician
- Crop Science
- Dairy Science
- Equine Fundamentals
- Veterinary Science
To learn more about the Agriculture Center of Excellence, visit www.ntc.edu/agcoe.