The John Deere TECH program at Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) Calmar campus has earned its third top-ranking Platinum College of Tomorrow score from John Deere.
The John Deere TECH program at NICC prepares students for work as a service technician at John Deere implement dealerships throughout Iowa and the Midwest. One of the program’s most unique features is its close partnership with John Deere, which virtually ensures that qualified students will have a technician position with the company after graduation.
Each year, John Deere evaluates its partnering institution technician programs on a variety of criteria. There are four College of Tomorrow levels – Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, according to Duane Bouska, a lead instructor in the NICC program.
The partnership between the company and the College features an internship component at a dealership, and each entering student must secure a John Deere sponsor. When students complete requirements for the two-year degree, as well as a demonstration of their skills, they are hired by the sponsoring dealership.