Enrollment in Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is up by 28 percent this fall. While last year only saw 300 students in the school, this year there are 384 students.

The school is a two-year agricultural college, but campus leaders say they have implemented a few new programs and are focusing on doing a better job serving students who wish to obtain bachelor’s degrees, which they believe is helping enrollment, Kate Howard reported for the Omaha World-Herald. New programs include ranch horse training management, irrigation technology and agriculture education.

The college is also working with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to help students pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Ronald Rosati, dean of the campus, said this year’s freshman class is almost 50 percent larger than last year’s. Rosati said that now more jobs in agriculture require a degree, so they are working towards helping students meet job requirements by changing what the college does.

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