Glen Oaks Community College is the recipient of a Special Project Award for its Agricultural Equipment Technology program. Presented by the Michigan Association of Continuing Education & Training, the award recognizes an outstanding educational service project which significantly advances the continuing development of the profession.
Reid Leaverton, instructor for the Ag Equipment Tech program, accepted the award at this year’s TRENDS Conference in Grand Rapids on October 24.
“We were pleased to receive this award,” said Dr. David Devier, Glen Oaks president. “It’s been exciting watching this program come to fruition and grow. It is the only such program in the state of Michigan.”
“Initial discussions about bringing the program to campus began in 2016,” said Devier. “West Michigan and Northern Indiana are the center of an immense agricultural economy. There’s a need for highly trained workers to service agricultural equipment.”
The program began in 2017 and many of the area farm equipment dealers and agriculture-related businesses were quick to jump on board with support, both in funding and through in-kind donations.
Students in agriculture studies programs on campus are now farming over 70 tillable acres of land. Glen Oaks is one of the very few colleges in the US with an on-campus farm operation carried out by students.
As the program completes its third year of operation, enrollment continues to grow. The development of this unique program, along with the construction of the new on-campus residence hall, has provided the college the opportunity attract students from a much wider region.