ASU-Beebe: John Deere Ag Tech Pro­gram earns Plat­inum Col­lege of To­mor­row Award

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THREE RIVERS EDITION -

BEEBE — Arkansas State Univer­sity-Beebe’s John Deere Agri­cul­ture Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram won the 2018 Col­lege of To­mor­row Award from John Deere, earn­ing the high­est rank­ing of Plat­inum for the fourth year in a row. The John Deere Col­lege of To­mor­row Award is a pres­ti­gious honor given to John Deere train­ing pro­grams across the na­tion.

The prize in­cludes $1,000 for pro­gram schol­ar­ships, and one of the pro­gram’s in­struc­tors re­ceives a week of paid train­ing at one of John Deere’s fa­cil­i­ties to learn new tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment. The prize also of­fers a plaque, a John Deere TECH Col­lege of To­mor­row jacket and a crys­tal tro­phy. In ad­di­tion, John Deere an­nu­ally pro­vides money for schol­ar­ships to the most out­stand­ing stu­dents in the pro­gram. Com­bined with the $1,000 from the Col­lege of To­mor­row award, roughly $4,000 in schol­ar­ship money will be given back to the stu­dents to re­ward their hard work.

ASU-Beebe Agri­cul­ture Tech­nol­ogy Depart­ment head Shawn Tail­lon said he loves what the pro­gram can do for stu­dents. “We are a pro­gram that takes a stu­dent who wouldn’t typ­i­cally go to col­lege, and we are teach­ing them a me­chan­i­cal trade that can help them get work,” he said. “Our stu­dents can make an av­er­age of $37,000 a year, plus bonuses and com­mis­sions. … They learn a skill, get a de­gree and be­come fine young adults. As an in­struc­tor, it’s great to be a part of that.”

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