By Matthew Liedke
A partnership was introduced Thursday morning at North Dakota State College of Science that school President John Richman calls a “great example of the public entity and private entity working together.”
The partnership works three ways, involving NDSCS, RDO Equipment and John Deere company. The new partnership will offer career opportunities to RDO equipment-sponsored students who have to use John Deere equipment by adding the John Deere Construction and Forestry Tech Initiative to the NDSCS Diesel Technology Program.
The classes will start in the fall semester of 2014 and students can currently apply through RDO equipment or company dealers.
“It’s designed to prepare NDSCS diesel technology students to diagnose, serve, repair and rebuild John Deere forestry equipment,” Richman said during a press conference. “The partnership is going to build on the successful John Deere agricultural service technician program we already have here.”
Richman explained that the partnership and expansion with RDO and John Deere will help meet a critical need in the workforce area.
“The benefit to our students is it provides more than just access to state-of-the-art technology, it is the beginning to what can be a very successful career,” he said.
Jeff Kraft, John Deere division manager, said the company has seen a strong commitment to quality and innovation at NDSCS, which aligns with the core values at John Deere.
“The partnership gives students real world exposure to the John Deere culture, experience working in our dealerships and can make an immediate impact on the workforce after graduation,” Kraft said.
Kraft added that John Deere is not only excited about working with NDSCS, but RDO as well.
“We’d like to thank RDO equipment for their commitment to a better future for the industry,” Kraft said. “Our goal is to work with NDSCS to bring high quality technicians to RDO’s doorstep.”
Jean Zimmerman, RDO Executive Vice President, was present at the press conference, said the partnership between RDO, NDSCS and John Deere is truly beneficial for all, especially so for the students.
“We want service technicians who are trained on cutting edge technology and the very best heavy equipment in the industry, which is provided through this partnership through John Deere,” Zimmerman said.
Terry Marohl, NDSCS diesel technology department chair, talked about how this allows students to be up-to-date with the industry around them.
“We do know that change in this industry is forever, it happens on a daily basis. What this partnership will do is, with the cooperation of John Deere and RDO, allow us to be able to keep up with the ever changing technology,” Marohl said.
The diesel technology program has more than 300 students and Marohl said the partnership is essential to what the department wants to accomplish.
“These partnerships are valuable to what we do, and that is, of course, to train the leading technicians of tomorrow,” Marohl said.
Planning for the partnership started with conversations about six to eight months ago, according to Marohl. He said the partnership has a “sizable amount” of money invested in the program.
Department: Diesel Technology
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