Black River Technical College (BRTC) Career and Technical Center (CTC) recently hosted guest speakers from Legacy Equipment Whitney Watson and Daniel Vaughn at both the Pocahontas and Paragould BRTC locations.
The pair spoke to students about the opportunities Legacy Equipment sponsors in the form of internships and the John Deere Ag Tech Program, both of which can lead to very successful careers.
The John Deere Agriculture Technology (Ag Tech) program is designed to advance the skill level of new John Deere service technicians and prepare them to excel in today’s high-tech, fast-paced field of agricultural mechanization, a career path with excellent employment opportunities. Students who complete the two-year program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture Equipment Technology.
Students learn within an environment that stresses a balanced rotation of classroom theory and hands-on labs outfitted with advanced training aids and the latest equipment. Students gain valuable, practical insight and real-world experience by applying what they have learned during paid internships at John Deere dealerships – a wonderful opportunity for students to ‘earn while they learn.’
John Deere provides approximately $1 million worth of equipment for lab activities. Instructors provide personal, dedicated instruction on engine systems, power trains, hydraulics, machine setup, and adjustment, as well as high-tech precision farming systems, electronics, schematics, and diagnostic computers, according to legacyequipment.com