Co-ops 101 Program

On Sept. 24, 2014, the Co-ops 101 program was presented to students at the NE College of Technical Agriculture-Curtis.

On Sept. 24, 2014, the Co-ops 101 program was presented to students at the NE College of Technical Agriculture-Curtis.

Since 2011, the NCC Education Foundation has received grant funds from the CHS Foundation to present a Co-ops 101 program to Nebraska’s ag classes at the community colleges and at UNL. The one-hour long presentation focuses on the cooperative business model and provides an update on the current state of cooperatives in Nebraska. During the program, staff provides students with an in-depth look at how the cooperative business model functions. In addition, students hear from a local cooperative CEO who provides information regarding current cooperative issues as well as employment trends in agribusinesses.

We have been extremely pleased with the success of the program. The current instructors at the community colleges have embraced the program and are using it each spring/fall semester with some offering it to multiple classes. Since its inception in the 2011/12 academic year, we have provided presentations to 73 classes for 1,336 students/instructors.