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NDSCS John Deer Tech Program Earns Gold
WAHPETON, N.D. — North Dakota State College of Science has received The College of Tomorrow award from the John Deere Company. The award, which was presented during the College’s John Deere Tech Advisory meeting, serves as a ranking system for the 16 colleges in the United States that offer a John Deere Tech program. There are 16 John Deere Tech programs in the U.S., five in Canada and two in Australia.

NDSCS received the second highest ranking of Gold. The ranking system consists of four levels:
Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

“We are very pleased to have received a Gold ranking from John Deere,” said Larry Ascheman, NDSCS John Deere Tech Program Coordinator. “It truly is an honor for the John Deere Tech program to be recognized in this way. We continue to strive to produce some of today’s best graduates – fully
equipped to meet the workforce needs of the region and state of North Dakota.”

Among other criteria, rankings are based upon the college’s program image, students, facility and
most importantly, training.

The NDSCS John Deere Tech program is designed to develop technically competent, professional ag equipment service technicians. The John Deere Company sponsors the program and NDSCS administers and operates the program.

“The success of the John Deere Tech program continues to grow. It began in 1989 and is the second
oldest program in the country,” said Terry Marohl, NDSCS Diesel Technology Department Chair. “It’s
such a high demand program that three years ago we were able to double our intake of students from 20 to 40.”

This unique and innovative program combines state-of-the-art, on-campus training with supervised
occupational experiences at sponsoring John Deere dealerships. Students receive technical training on John Deere equipment and related products through a combination of classroom instruction and handson laboratory experiences. Classroom and laboratory instruction at NDSCS covers the basics of each subject plus the latest developments in John Deere’s agricultural equipment. Work experience at the dealership reinforces on-campus training and exposes the student to real life failures and repairs as they occur on the equipment.

The John Deere Tech program is taught in the John Deere Tech Center and Bisek Hall located in
Wahpeton, N.D. Graduates of the program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.).
Prospective students can learn more about the John Deere Tech program by visiting
www.ndscs.edu/johndeere or calling Enrollment Services in Wahpeton at 1-800-342-4325.

-Sarah Hoffbeck, North Dakota State College of Science