Arkansas State University-Beebe recently nominated John Deere Company to receive the Silver Star of Excellence award at the 51st American Technical Education Association (ATEA) Conference in St. Paul Minnesota on March 27.
ATEA in conjunction with the National Technical Honor Society presents the “Silver Star of Excellence Award” to industry partners that are exemplary in providing technical assistance, financial support, donations of equipment and materials, as well as placement of graduates. The ATEA Conference will be hosted by Dunwoody College of Technology. Other awards at the conference will be presented in the areas of outstanding technical student, technical teacher and technical program.
The ASU-Beebe John Deere Ag Tech program is one of 20 John Deere Tech cooperative partnerships in North America. “This business and education partnership is the epitome of collaboration,” stated Dr. Keith McClanahan, director of ASU-Beebe Advanced Technology and Allied Health Division.
“ASU-Beebe nominated John Deere because of the company’s exceptional support in providing state of the art instruction, equipment, and training aids. This allows students and instructors to learn and teach the technical skills and knowledge needed to maintain highly advanced agricultural and heavy equipment,” said Dr. McClanahan.
The equipment provided by John Deere integrates computer controls, geospatial positioning systems (GPS), cellular networking, remote diagnostics, and a multitude of sensor controls in the equipment. Students learn to repair agricultural equipment with courses in various components of the machinery, such as diesel engines, electrical systems, power trains, and hydraulics.
The workforce requires the infusion of technicians who have been taught to use and to troubleshoot cutting-edge-technologies as they relate to maintaining past, current, and future John Deere equipment. The vast majority of the program graduates go to work for their sponsoring dealers after completion of coursework.
The American Technical Education Association (ATEA) is the national association for the postsecondary technical educator with emphasis on professional development.The organization is dedicated to excellence in quality of postsecondary education focusing on practical teaching ideas and best practices. ATEA recognizes outstanding performance and leadership and provides a network for career connectivity. For more information about ATEA or the ATEA 2014 National Conference, visit www.ateaonline.org.
ASU-Beebe has campuses located at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, and the Little Rock Air Force Base. For more information about ASU-Beebe and its programs, call (501) 882-3600 or visit the website at www.asub.edu.