John Deere Technology
The John Deere Company is a worldwide leader in machinery manufacturing. It envisions the need for highly trained technicians to repair and maintain the world's most sophisticated farm machinery. The John Deere Company has been innovative in the training and recruitment of prospective employees due to the need for trained Management, Marketing, Sales, and Service Technician personnel to work in dealerships in the United States and throughout the world. In an effort to meet this demand, partnerships have been developed with educational institutions.
The John Deere Tech program is an educational experience designed to upgrade the technical competence and professional skills of incoming John Deere employees and enhance the skills of existing John Deere personnel. The program consists of classroom lecture and laboratory experiences on actual John Deere products and includes a unique paid cooperative work experience for students at a John Deere dealership. The curriculum was designed in partnership with the John Deere Corporation and is maintained with input from an advisory committee of local and regional dealership employees and John Deere personnel.
Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in John Deere Technology upon completion of the two-year program of study.
The John Deere Program at Walla Walla Community College offers several scholarships to students in John Deere programs. The amounts of these scholarships vary between $250 and $500. These scholarships are not based upon student financial need, but on the student's previous academic performance, references, and response to question on the scholarship application. The scholarship committee determines award recipients from leadership abilities and academic potential.
Students can enter this program during the fall quarter each year or winter quarters of every even numbered year. Since considerable time is spent at the dealership, the program requires the student to have a sponsoring dealer. The main responsibility of the dealership is to provide training-related employment for the student during work experience quarters. If necessary, students can request assistance in locating a sponsoring dealer. A placement test and a mechanical reasoning test offered by the Student Development Center must be completed prior to admittance to the program.