July 18, 2011
Sterling, CO--During the 42nd Annual Ag and Tech Awards banquet held at the end of the school year at Northeastern Junior College, a number of students from all over the state received recognition. The event was attended by more than 200 agriculture students, faculty, staff and special guests who were on hand to honor those who received awards.
Among those receiving awards was agriculture professor Mike Brownell who was honored with the North American College and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit.
One of the central purposes of NACTA is to recognize those individuals whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education. The NACTA Teaching Award of Merit is an award that is selected by the college or university to recognize faculty and graduate students for outstanding teaching. This award is selected by a committee at the university or college and is the highest level of recognition a faculty member or graduate student can receive from the institution for excellence in teaching.
Brownell, who teaching soils, crops and farm mechanics classes at NJC, received a certificate from NACTA at the awards dinner
Sponsors of this year’s banquet included: Premier Farm Credit, Sterling Livestock Commission, Cargill, Centennial Conservation District, Johnson and Associates, CPAs, PC, Sonnenberg Agency, Performance Plus of Colorado, and Colorado Community Bank.
Northeastern Junior College is the largest residential two-year college in Colorado. It offers a comprehensive agriculture curriculum in career, technical and transfer degree programs and is considered one of the largest ag schools in this region.
Mike Brownell (left), a long-time ag professor at NJC, receives the NACTA Award from department chairman Mike Anderson. (Courtesy Photo)