(L-R, top row): Wade Edgington, Paton Heusinkvelt, Tyler Litchkey, Dylan Axline, Jeff Brandt, Charles Fitz and Troy Talbert. (middle row): Taylor Wenzl. L-R, bottom row): Keith Tempel, instructor, Southeast Community College; George Stewart; Ethan Fielde
Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co. Inc. has sponsored a new class of students, who began the 74-week Construction & Forestry Technology program at Southeast Community College in Milford, Neb.
The program is a partnership between John Deere Construction & Forestry, participating John Deere dealerships, such as Murphy Tractor, and local colleges. As a John Deere partnership program, it is designed specifically to prepare individuals for troubleshooting and repair of construction equipment.
Successful students completing curriculum receive tuition reimbursement and a tool allowance. Graduates are guaranteed job placement at a Murphy Tractor location and earn an associate of applied science degree, in John Deere Construction & Forestry Technology. Names of pupils and participating Murphy Tractor branches are:
• Dylan Axline — Lincoln, Neb.
• Jeff Brandt — Park City, Kan.
• Kodey Claussen — Great Bend, Kansas
• Wade Edgington — Des Moines, Iowa
• Ethan Fielder — Grand Island, Neb.
• Charles Fitz — Ulysses, Kan.
• Michael Golan — Columbus, Ohio
• Paton Heusinkvelt — Omaha, Neb.
• Tyler Litchkey — Des Moines, Iowa
• George Stewart — Kansas City, Mo.
• Troy Talbert — Ulysses, Kan.
• Werner Trierweiler —Sioux City, Iowa
• Taylor Wenzl — Grand Island, Neb.
• Matthew Willis — Topeka, Kan.
"We are very excited and proud to support the class of 2015. We have 14 students this session, many of which previously worked at our dealer locations, before starting their training at SCC," said Rich Fawson, general manager, service of Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co. Inc.
"By teaming up with SCC and John Deere C&F, we provide modern schooling, tools and hands-on training to meet the demands of ever-changing advances in machine technology and design. Since the introduction of this program 13 years ago, it has proven to be a valuable source in helping us grow our skilled workforce, and add certified technicians committed to John Deere’s construction equipment."