Rural Community Important To Northeast Alum

Published on: August 27, 2019

PIERCE, NE –  Supporting his rural community is an important part of life for one graduate of Northeast Community College.

Adam Venteicher found Northeast very attractive when he graduated from high school.

“I had completed five college level classes at Pierce High School which transferred to Northeast,” Venteicher said. “This allowed me to get a lot of my generals out of the way and go right into studying plant and animal science and hands-on class work in crops.”

Venteicher attended Northeast in 2007 and graduated in 2010 with degrees in Diesel Tech and Animal Science all while working on his family’s farm. He has a cow-calf operation, which he started while in FFA in high school, along with farming row crops with his dad on the family’s land and together renting additional acres.

After having participated in FFA throughout high school and during his years at Northeast, Venteicher submitted his production records after graduating from Northeast and was awarded the coveted American Star Farmer.

“I really liked being able to major in two areas and graduate with two degrees in three years,” Venteicher said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do that at a four-year college.”

A special classroom experience came the last day of college in one of Venteicher’s crop production classes. One of his teachers looked at the students and told them to be active in their communities, churches and schools. Volunteers are what will keep a town alive and growing. So he took it to heart. He has already served on the Pierce School Board and now is a secretary for the Pierce County Farm Bureau Board.

Venteicher’s college experience was not like a student who stays on campus, attends classes and participates in extracurricular activities. He stayed on his farm and worked when not going to classes because he was more interested in the course work and growing his operation. Studying diesel mechanics allows him to repair his machinery but he admits his dad always worked on his own equipment so he grew up with hands-on repair work.

Venteicher has more reasons to work hard now, too, as he is married to wife Kaylyn and raising two children.

“I would recommend Northeast to students and encourage them to take dual-credit classes in high school, which will give them a head start for their college experience,” Venteicher said. 

Funding for the$23 million project is currently being solicited to enhance and expand the agriculture facilities at Northeast Community College. In addition to the College’s commitment of $10 million, Northeast is seeking at least $13 million in private funds to begin the initial phase of construction, which includes a new farm site with a farm office and storage, a large animal handling facility and other farm structures for livestock operations, and a new veterinary technology clinic and classrooms. The new facilities will be located near the Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex on East Benjamin Avenue.

For more information, contact Northeast Community College Associate Vice President of Development and External Affairs Dr. Tracy Kruse, tracyk@northeast.edu, 402-844-7056. Online donations can be made through the website agwaternexus.com. Checks can be mailed to: Nexus Campaign, Northeast Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 469, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469.

Photo Cutline – Venteicher

Adam Venteicher (right) with wife, Kaylyn, and children, Ashley and Kip