The two-year, daytime associate degree program will train students to diagnose, service, repair, maintain and overhaul farm equipment. Students will receive state-of-the-art technical training on the latest major brand equipment through a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory activities and supervised occupational work experience at a dealership.
“We’re particularly excited because we will be the only community college in the state of Michigan to offer such a program,” said Dr. David Devier, Glen Oaks president. “We are located in rural southwest Michigan where farming is all around us. Modern farming machinery is complex and requires well-trained technicians and the area farm equipment dealers are in search of skilled technicians. We want to help fill this need.”
The program prepares students for all equipment brands and associated technologies. It will be offered in a cohort group format that will take place at Burnips Equipment Co., 55232 Franklin Dr., in Three Rivers, Michigan.
“Over the summer, we will be converting a corner of the Burnips building into a classroom,” said Devier. “Having the program at the dealership allows the students to receive hands-on training,” said Devier. “The program prepares students for all equipment brands and associated technologies.”
To learn more about the Agricultural Equipment Technology program, contact the Glen Oaks Admissions Dept. at (269) 294-4253.