NCTC we strive to continue providing students with opportunities to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to compete in today's Agricultural industry and a great foundation for those who aspire to transfer to a senior university. Innovation, globalization, critical thinking, diversity, leadership, problem solving, hand-on experience; these are key words in describing what we offer our students at North Central Texas College.
Agricultural professionals, of today and tomorrow, are farmers, engineers, educators, scientists, managers, communicators, market and sales representatives, and diversified production specialists. Each of these careers requires extensive education in mathematics, science,
oral and written communication, and leadership skills. As U.S. agriculture continues its expansion into the global economy it is also
important to embrace diversification while developing an understanding of other cultures and customs. Approximately 23 million Americans, or 1 out of every 6 workers, are currently employed in the agricultural and food system. Careers in this industry are important and rewarding because the
products of agriculture are either essential to life or contribute to significantly to improving our quality of life.
Career opportunities in agriculture are numerous and include: horticulturists - veterinarian - agriculturalist - animal behaviorist - animal ecologist - animal geneticist - animal nutritionist - animal
physiologist - cattle rancher - dairy farmer – economist – educator - diversified crop farmer - diversified livestock producer - farmer -
farrier - fish farmer - food processing supervisor - forester - groundskeeper - landscaper - soil conservationist, just to name a few.
is the science and art of growing garden plants for the economic,
aesthetic, and nutritional well being of society. A dynamic and
diverse field, it is among the few to bridge the gap between science,
art, business, and technology. Horticulture is not only a
multi-billion dollar industry that offers increasing job opportunities
for students seeking careers in the area, but horticulture also offers
countless opportunities for hobbyists.
NCTC Horticulture Program provides a broad, technical education in the
field of horticulture, emphasizing practical knowledge that will prepare
students to work in multiple facets of the industry, including
landscaping, floristry, horticulture crop production, and greenhouse
learn a variety of horticultural techniques such as plant propagation,
organic gardening, soil preparation, plant identification, and pest
Central Texas College is located in the heart of the horse industry of
North Texas. The horse industry is a highly diverse industry that
supports a wide variety of activities in all regions of the country. Of
the approximately 6.9 million horses in the US, over 1 million (or 15%)
of those reside in Texas. The Equine Science program at NCTC offers a
great deal of hands-on experience in training, breeding and management,
as well as classroom instruction on the science and business aspects of
the horse industry.
The goal of the Equine Science program is to offer a well-rounded,
quality education for those students interested in becoming an equine
professional. It is our goal to provide the students with instruction
and experiences that mirror the real world requirements, and in turn put
forth a hard working, reliable student that will be a true asset to the
year more than $20,000 worth of Agriculture scholarships are awarded to
NCTC students who are studying in the field of Agriculture,
Horticulture, Farm and Ranch Management and Equine Science.