February 13, 2014
CALMAR—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) students enrolled in the John Deere TECH program at the Calmar campus received top honors in competition at the state Ag Machinery Service Technician Award (AMSTA) contest.
Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg hosted the AMSTA contest on Feb. 5. Sixteen two-person teams from four schools competed in the contests, with eight of the students representing NICC.
The competition consisted of a written test, measuring, parts identification and several diagnostic problems. The 1st and 2nd place teams will compete at the national AMSTA competition at St. Cloud, Minn., in March.
NICC students received the following contest results:
1st place team: Nathan Grell, of Ida Grove, and Nate Vos, of Searsboro
2nd Place team: Zach Burke, of Ft. Atkinson, and Alec Higgins, of Jefferson
5th place team: Nathan Hacket, of Muscatine, and Evan Klingbeil, of Estherville
8th place team: Garrett Atkinson, of Center Point, and Tony Hoefer, of Garnavillo
1st place individual: Evan Klingbeil
2nd place individual: Nathan Grell
3rd place individual: Zach Burke
The John Deere TECH program at the NICC Calmar campus is an educational program designed to upgrade the technical competence and professional level of the incoming farm equipment dealership technician. The program is supported by John Deere Company and operated by NICC. Students receive classroom lecture instruction, laboratory experiences on John Deere products and a unique opportunity to work at a John Deere dealership. For more information, visit www.nicc.edu/jdtech.