Agriculture Technician Program

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Presentation describing the John Deere Agriculture Technician Program at Navarro College. The presentation was designed as a report to the Board of Trustees at Northeast Texas Community College because they wanted to create a similar program for New Holland farming equipment.

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Agriculture Technician Program

  1. 1. Agriculture Technician Program Navarro College
  2. 3. John Deere’s Obligation to Navarro College <ul><li>Teaching aids (course ancillary materials, electrical trainers, hydraulic trainers). </li></ul><ul><li>Money (replace broken parts). </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment (all new equipment). $490,000 worth of new tractors, combines, balers, and major equipment (provided to NC for 270 days). </li></ul><ul><li>Parts (needed on all equipment or for teaching purposes). </li></ul><ul><li>New technology (ex: GPS). </li></ul><ul><li>Non-returnable equipment (ex: tractors that students will take apart and put together numerous times). </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing Education (through John Deere University) to stay current on existing technology or to learn new technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Send promotional notifications and fliers to every John Deere Dealership. </li></ul>
  3. 5. Navarro College’s Obligation to the Partnership <ul><li>Navarro College’s obligation is to provide the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Navarro College built the building in 1995, and John Deere equipped it. </li></ul><ul><li>Replace the tools and provide upkeep and maintenance on the building. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide the salaries for the instructors. </li></ul>
  4. 6. Two Degree Programs <ul><li>Ag Tech degree – students learn to work on traditional farm equipment (usually 280+ horsepower): Tractors, combines, hay balers, etc. The degree has 72 credit hours. </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial and Consumer Equipment degree – Offered for the first time this fall at NC. This degree focuses on equipment (50 horse power or less) used on small farms (front-end loaders, gators, lawn mowers, etc.). </li></ul>
  5. 7. 29 College Programs Partner with John Deere <ul><li>Ag Tech Program – 15 colleges & universities. </li></ul><ul><li>Ag Tech/Ag Parts Program – 2 colleges. Navarro College is one of these two colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>Ag Tech/Ag Sales Program – 3 colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>Ag Tech/Ag Parts/Ag Sales Program – 1 university. </li></ul><ul><li>Dealership Management Program – 8 universities. </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial and Consumer Equipment – 5 colleges. Navarro College is one of these. </li></ul>
  6. 9. AG TECH Program <ul><li>Ag Tech programs are a partnership (apprenticeship in Canada) program designed to educate and train qualified technicians. Students develop skills in equipment trouble shooting and repair, while learning by using the newest John Deere tools and diagnostic equipment. </li></ul>
  7. 11. AG PARTS Program <ul><li>Ag Parts programs are concerned with developing skills in managing equipment parts inventories at a John Deere Dealership. This partnership program trains students on the newest John Deere parts management, merchandizing, computer software, parts ordering system and in quality parts service. </li></ul>
  8. 13. AG SALES Program <ul><li>Ag Sales programs allow the students to become experienced and qualified equipment and parts sales representatives. This program offers students both classroom and dealership marketing experiences while earning an education. </li></ul>
  9. 14. DEALERSHIP MANAGEMENT PROGRAM <ul><li>Dealership Management programs allow students to earn a four-year degree in agribusiness or ag systems management that will help them prepare for a career in dealership management. Students will learn how to utilize marketing and sales information and business analyses to guide and direct dealership employees and resources. </li></ul>
  10. 15. STUDENTS IN PROGRAM <ul><li>Come from all over Texas. </li></ul><ul><li>Often stay in NC dorms. </li></ul><ul><li>Must be sponsored by a John Deere Dealership to be accepted into program. </li></ul><ul><li>May acquire tuition scholarship from John Deere Dealership. </li></ul><ul><li>Are not obligated to work for John Deere after graduation. </li></ul><ul><li>Must pass John Deere final exam to receive certification and job offer. </li></ul>
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  12. 17. CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT <ul><li>John Deere will assist in Curriculum development. </li></ul><ul><li>John Deere publishes textbooks and operator manuals for all courses. </li></ul><ul><li>John Deere will provide exams for all courses. </li></ul><ul><li>John Deere will provide core curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>John Deere will provide all teaching aids. </li></ul>
  13. 19. Navarro College Ag Tech Program <ul><li>Authorized to offer Pro-Tech courses (continuing education courses for existing employees). </li></ul><ul><li>Authorized by John Deere to be a testing center for certification upon graduation from their program. </li></ul><ul><li>Working to meet all requirements to become certified to test for OPEESA (Outdoor Power Equipment and Engine Service Association). </li></ul>
  14. 21. Navarro College Ag Tech Program - Continued <ul><li>Ag Tech Student Organization: </li></ul><ul><li>Hosts regional tractor pull </li></ul><ul><li>Hosts regional Ag contests/meets </li></ul><ul><li>Offers interviewing skills </li></ul><ul><li>Provides special Ag guest speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Three Full-Time Instructors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>John Dawley – Department Chair/Instructor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kip Whorton – Instructor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scott Powers – Parts Instructor </li></ul></ul>
  15. 23. Program Entrance Requirements: <ul><li>To be considered for the John Deere Ag Tech Program a student must: </li></ul><ul><li>Have a high school diploma or equivalent. </li></ul><ul><li>Take the THEA test and the ASSET Mechanical Reasoning test. Priority will be given to those students who have passed THEA. </li></ul><ul><li>Have transcripts from all colleges previously attended on file. </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain and maintain sponsorship with a qualified John Deere dealership. </li></ul>
  16. 24. Program Classes <ul><li>Classes are held from 8am-5pm and are intense. </li></ul><ul><li>NC strives to have 20 students per class (freshmen). </li></ul><ul><li>With the creation of the new Commercial and Consumer Equipment degree, Navarro College will combine student numbers with Ag Tech program (aim is to have 20 students in each program). </li></ul>
  17. 25. Student Requirements After Entering Program <ul><li>(as established by both NC and John Deere) </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain sponsorship of a qualified John Deere Dealership. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain academic standards and adhere to academic policies (min 2.0/4.0). </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain attendance standards according to college policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Wear uniforms and safety glasses (as needed) while on campus and during cooperative work experiences at the scheduled times. </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in all learning activities at the scheduled times. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide sponsoring dealer with responsible and productive employment. </li></ul><ul><li>Be responsible for program cost, tuition, fees, books, and tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the approved curriculum. Each specialized subject will be studied in the classroom with a laboratory on campus, followed by related work experience at the sponsoring John Deere dealership. </li></ul><ul><li>Freshman students are provided tools from Navarro College and John Deere. Sophomore students must provide their own tools during the sophomore year. All incoming students should prepare to purchase their electrical multimeters. </li></ul>

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