2023 Nebraska CASE Institute - Wayne, NE

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Course: Food Science - Hybrid!

In-person starts the evening of June 25 - June 30, 2023 (weekdays only). Virtual portion is from July 5 - July 7, 2023 (partial days expected TBD by CASE).

Hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and held at Wayne High School.

About CASE

The CASE Institute is a professional development workshop to provide teachers training for the instruction related to a specific CASE course. Once a teacher has successfully completed the intense professional development at a CASE Institute, the teacher is certified to teach the specific CASE course. CASE Institute sessions provide teachers with important background related to the pedagogy used in CASE curricula and practice teaching various lessons to prepare them for classroom instruction. Teachers are required to participate in the entire 8-day workshop and CASE Institute instructors determine if each teacher is adequately prepared to provide instruction using CASE curricula.

About the Food Science Course

Also called, CASE Food Science and Safety (FSS), the CASE Food Science course is a foundation-level course teaching students problem solving and communicating solutions in a real world food science setting. Student experiences include building content knowledge and technical skills necessary in the food science industry.

Students learn how to apply scientific knowledge and skills to effectively create, prepare, and store foods necessary to feed a growing population. Students discover the value of food preparation, handling, and storage as well as its impact on the individual, the local, and the global economy. Teachers are provided with detailed professional development to facilitate instruction.

The units and lessons in Food Science include the following: Introduction to Food Science, Food Chemistry, Food Safety, Processing & Preservation, Food Health & Security, Preference & Product Availability, and Food Product Development.

Click here for more information on the Food Science course.


The 2023 Nebraska CASE Institute will take place Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, beginning at 8:00 a.m., ending by 5:00 p.m. A required orientation will be held on Sunday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m. in Wayne. The virtual portion of this CASE Institute will take place on July 5 - 7.


Institute Sessions will be held at Wayne High School, 611 W 7th St, Wayne, NE 68787.

An orientation meeting will be held at a restaurant in Wayne, TBA.

The hotel is Cobblestone Inn, 505 Tomar Dr, Wayne, NE 68787.


Orientation:  6:00 - 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, location TBD.
Weekday Schedule:  
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Central Time, June 6 - 30 weekdays only (lunch break at noon)
Closing:  Early afternoon on Friday, June 30 / Virtual Portion: July 5 - 7

Graduate Credit

Participants in the Institute may earn graduate credits through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Further details and tuition fees will be provided upon request. Questions regarding graduate credit should be directed to:

Matt Kreifels, Associate Professor of Practice
Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
143 Filley Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583

Cost to attend the Nebraska FSS CASE Institute for all teachers is $3,200. Registration includes all training materials, supplies used at the institute, hotel, and weekday meals/snacks. With adequate notice, teachers/schools may save $300 if they choose not to stay at the hotel. Registration AND payment via credit card is online and will be paid to the National FFA Organization the financial management component of CASE. The institute will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

CASE Cancellation Policy:

Full registration refund for cancellations before April 15.

$200 cancellation fee incurred for cancellations received later than April 15 but more than 30-days from the start date.

$1030 cancellation fee incurred for cancellations received within 30-days from the start date or participant is a no-show. At our discretion, UNL may include an additional cancellation fee to recoup non-refundable costs at their discretion (we will try to minimize this if needed).

Click Here to Register Now!

Note: Registration is open now through April 15, but seats fill on a first-come, first-served basis! 

Wondering what it costs to implement CASE beyond the training?

Click here to see the list for laboratory materials and equipment on the CASE page. (Free account required to view.)

CASE Scholarship Opportunities for Nebraska Teachers

CASE Institutes and equipment are Perkins-eligible expenses, so we encourage you to speak to your school or ESU Perkins coordinators to see how you can access support to attend.

Nebraska FFA Foundation CASE Scholarships 

Due May 1, 2023 (First-come, first-served)


A scholarship to cover 50% of the cost of equipment/supplies purchased to implement a CASE class - up to $1,500.

     - or -

A scholarship to attend any CASE Institute (nation-wide), which covers up to 50% of the registration cost - up to $1,500.


See the scholarship application to see if you qualify!


  • May 1, 2023 – Deadline for application of scholarships to Stacie Turnbull at stacie.turnbull@nebraska.gov.  It's recommended that you apply ASAP, however, as the scholarships are limited and will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis!
  • August 15 - All follow-up materials must be submitted as detailed in the application (documentation, press release, invoices, etc.)

Click here to download the scholarship form via the NDE site. 

With questions about the Nebraska CASE Institute, please contact:

Monty Larsen
ALEC Lecturer
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
143 Filley Hall
P.O. Box 830947

(402) 340.1967